Manchester United have enjoyed a good start to the season so far, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a selection dilemma ahead of the next Premier League fixture
Manchester United will be hoping to continue their impressive start to the season when they host Newcastle next Saturday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are currently third in the Premier League after two wins and a draw in their opening three league games.
But the Red Devils have recently been hit with news of an injury to Jadon Sancho – who has picked up a knock while away on international duty with England.
The 21-year-old started his first league game in a United shirt in the 1-0 win against Wolves on Sunday, however the winger may not recover in time for the next fixture.
With news of Sancho’s injury in mind, Mirror Football has taken a look at how United could line up without the £73m man…
Line-up option one
David de Gea and the back four are expected to remain the same for the visit of Newcastle.
New signing Raphael Varane made his debut against Wolves before the international break, where he provided an assist for Mason Greenwood’s winner.
Fred has had a mixed start to the campaign – which has seen him score in the season opener and concede an own goal in the following game against Southampton – but the Brazilian is expected to start alongside Nemanja Matic.
Greenwood could drop to the right side of attacking midfield, with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba on the left in support.
Pogba started the first two league games in that position, before partnering Fred in a deeper role against Wolves.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo could be slotted straight into the starting line-up up top for the game at Old Trafford.
Line-up option two
Solskjaer’s second option would see De Gea, the back four and Fred remain the same, while Pogba would slot in alongside Fred.
Should the United boss opt for this line-up then 19-year-old Greenwood would keep his place in the side, but play in right attacking midfield instead.
Greenwood’s season tally already stands at three after netting in United’s opening three games.
The youngster also has the added benefit of having time to rest and recover after being overlooked by Gareth Southgate for the September World Cup qualifying games.
Anthony Martial would also return to the team after being dropped against Wolves.
Martial had been linked with a move away this summer, but the forward opted to remain at Old Trafford.
It would also see Ronaldo thrown straight in at the deep end and make his debut on his return to Old Trafford.
Line-up option three
The final option for Solskjaer would bring about the most change to the recent line-up.
Of course, De Gea and the same back four would remain the same, while Fred could partner Matic in defensive midfield.
Fernandes would keep his place, Greenwood would drop into a deeper role, while Pogba would stay in a more advanced role.
However, Edinson Cavani could be given his first start of the season after coming off the bench against Wolves at Molineux, should Solskjaer decide to introduce Ronaldo from the bench.
The Uruguayan forward will be keen to improve on last season’s tally, which saw him score 10 Premier League goals, but the 34-year-old forward feature less in the current campaign after the arrival of Ronaldo.