Manchester United are the main topic of discussion after their defeat to Liverpool on Sunday afternoon. Every aspect of United is being criticised, but they still sit 5th in the league and only 5 points behind struggling Chelsea, we look at the squad to take United forward and eventually tip the London club to a Champions League spot.
Goalkeeper – David De Gea
Despite his poor form since the start of the 2018 World Cup, the Spaniard is still one of the top keepers in the league and comes up with key saves. Not what he once was but still their number 1 and a good keeper to have between the sticks in their Champions League chase.
Right-Back – Aaron Wan-Bissaka
With Diogo Dalot not yet over his injuries, Wan-Bissaka is the clear number one right-back for the remainder of the season. His quality defensive attributes are obvious but hasn’t been effective in the final 3rd as expected this season. A player who will be key in building familiarity in the defence.
Centre-Back – Harry Maguire
The 90 million pound man was a cult hero during the 2018 World Cup and proved his quality at Hull and Leicester City, it’s clear he’s the leading defender at the club. He needs his defensive partner nailed down to really put his stamp at Old Trafford and will be key to their end-of-season form.
Centre-Back – Victor Lindelof
Lindelof is starting to grow a good partnership with Maguire, but fans aren’t convinced he’s the man to partner Englishman. He needs to prove his worth soon as United may look elsewhere to find their 2nd centre-back. If United get top 4, the foundations set from the back 4 will have a lot to do with it.
Left-Back – Brandon Williams
One of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer best actions as United boss is bringing through Brandon Williams, he’s been shining at left-back since coming into the side and has shut out Luke Shaw. Shaw’s inconsistency and fitness problems won’t see him regain his spot in the side and Williams will reign as 1st choice.
Centre-Midfield – Scott McTominay
The midfield has been a big issue for United this season, but things will look a lot brighter when they have McTominay back. He reminds me of the ever-reliable and underrated Darren Fletcher, the Scotsman will be key in bringing the midfield back to a happy state in Manchester.
Centre-Midfield – Fred
After a shaky start to life at United, the Brazilian has looked really good at times this season, he was the best player on the pitch vs Liverpool and was playing with incredible confidence even though it didn’t always go his way. If he continues then United’s worries in midfield demise significantly especially if partnered with McTominay.
Attacking Midfield – Bruno Fernandes
United cannot carry on with Andreas Pereira in attacking midfield, he simply doesn’t have the decision making to have an impact on the game, unlike Bruno Fernandes. United need to get this deal done and throw him into the deep end, the Portuguese man is set to join the Premier League and is what the club needs most to really push on towards the end of the season.
Right Wing – Mason Greenwood
This is the most contested position and it says a lot about the current depth at the club. Dan James started the season well, but in recent weeks he’s slipped off and Mason Greenwood has come in and shown he’s ready for the Premier League. Greenwood’s freshness and unpredictability are what the club will need after a pretty stale duration of the season recently.
Striker – Marcus Rashford
He may be out for a number of weeks due to injury, but when he’s back he will be straight into the side. Rashford has been their best player this season, 19 goals in all competitions have given teams the fear factor when playing United. The club could look to secure a short loan or give Martial or Greenwood the staring role upfront for the time being.
Left Wing – Anthony Martial
Martial defines hit and miss. The French forward will be key in goal contribution and does have 8 goals already this season, but can he put together a spell of 8/10 performances for 10 games? Nobody is quite sure, his lack of intelligence and intensity will hinder him in getting there but has the ability to certainly play a part in this crucial stanza of the season.
Who Else Will Play a Part?
Juan Mata – His creativity will be used from the bench and the Spaniard will be utilised against the lesser sides, but no longer a consistent starter especially against the top sides.
Nemanja Matic – Probably his last season at United, he looked okay against Liverpool and a good end of season performances will get him a good move at the end of the season.
Dan James – His pace and energy will always be effective from the bench if he can improve his end product he can be a vital player for seasons to come.
Jesse Lingard – Despite not scoring throughout last year he can still play a part. 1 goal is all it will take to see a much more confident Lingard and a player who can impact games when in form.
Paul Pogba – Rumours circulate he has already played his final game for the Manchester club, be shocked if you ever saw him in a reds shirt again.
Eric Bailly – The injury-hit Ivorian probably won’t feature much with the partnership of Maguire and Lindelof being formed. With familiarity needed in the defence it’s a doubt we will see him disrupt that current partnership.
Luke Shaw – With Williams ahead of the ex-Southampton man Shaw could be seen in the back 3 of a back 5, but doubtful he will have secured a position down come the end of the season.
Alexis Sanchez – A wildcard. Could he be recalled now Rashford is injured? He’s only made 5 appearances for Inter and his huge wage could be used for better use at United. Sanchez is an unlikely player that could come back and make an impact if the unlikely happens.