Manchester United expected 4-2-3-1 v Arsenal: Attacking trio omitted
By Alex Stevens
Marcus Rashford is set to spearhead the Manchester United attack as Jose Mourinho rings the changes for Saturday’s showdown against Arsenal.
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic suspended and possibly six senior players injured, the United manager could make three changes to the side that beat Swansea 3-1 before the international break.
Jesse Lingard, Ander Herrera and Rashford could replace attacking trio Marouane Fellaini, Wayne Rooney and Ibrahimovic.
Fellaini pulled out of the Belgium squad during the international break to return to United for treatment on the calf problem he sustained against Swansea, while Rooney is a doubt with a knee injury.
The United captain, who has been at the centre of a late-night drinking controversy this week, was withdrawn from the England camp on Monday afternoon and is set to be assessed before he is given the green light to be available for selection.
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Ibrahimovic misses Saturday’s crunch match at Old Trafford due to suspension after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season two weekends ago.
This means a shake-up of the side that defeated Swansea, although the in-form Herrera is available again after serving a one-match suspension.
The Spaniard is likely to replace Fellaini, while Lingard is set to get the nod over Anthony Martial for the left-flank role. The Frenchman has not started a Premier League match since August.
In defence, United are without long-term absentees Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling and Antonio Valencia, while Luke Shaw could potentially miss out as he continues to be hampered by pains in the leg he broke last season.
The Englishman, who uploaded a video of himself working on his fitness over the weekend break, is likely to undergo more rigorous assessment on Friday.
If the quartet miss out, Mourinho could stick with the back four who did a better than expected job against Swansea, with Phil Jones partnering Danny Blind in central defence and Marcos Rojo and Ashley Young flanking them.
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