Youngster given chance in Mourinho 4-2-3-1: Manchester United best possible XI v West Brom
By Will Butcher
Jose Mourinho should axe Marcos Rojo from his Manchester United side to face West Brom as he runs the risk of receiving his marching orders.
The 26-year-old is at the centre of the media spotlight after two-footed lunges against Everton’s Idrissa Gueye and Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha.
Although not sent off, Rojo has been widely criticised by pundits and should be axed from Mourinho’s starting XI in favour of Ashley Young.
The versatile England international would move to left-back, allowing Daley Blind to fill the void in the middle. First-choice left-back Luke Shaw remains sidelined with a foot injury.
Elsewhere, Antonio Valencia would replace Eric Bailly and talented youngster Marcus Rashford should come in to the side in favour of Ander Herrera in three changes made by Mourinho.
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Ivory Coast international Eric Bailly started Wednesday night’s 2-1 triumph over Crystal Palace at right-back after returning from injury, but lasted just 30 minutes.
He is replaced by Valencia, who served a one-match suspension on Wednesday night. Blind and Jones partner each other in front of David de Gea instead of Rojo, with Young on the left.
Michael Carrick will be looking to continue a run of 10 wins in his 12 games this season, alongside world-record signing Paul Pogba. Veteran Carrick will sit in a holding role, giving Pogba free reign to get forward.
With West Brom right-back Allan Nyom providing an abundance of pace, Marcus Rashford should also be brought in to help Young when the Nigerian gets forward.
The teenager could also help launch a United counter attack from the left side, as he possesses an abnormally quick turn of pace. Wayne Rooney will captain the side from the number 10 role.
Spaniard Juan Mata will be looking to find the net once again after scoring against Palace, only for it to be disallowed. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored 14 goals this season, and he starts up front.
Anthony Martial, Marouane Fellaini and Matteo Darmian also miss out, as United look to hold firm to deny Tony Pulis’ in-form Baggies.
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