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There are several Manchester United players who will be looking to impress Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this weekend. It comes amid some huge changes at Old Trafford that could see players fighting for positions.
United’s fringe players will be looking to make an impression against Leeds United this Saturday in their Premier League opener.
With Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane set to join up with the squad soon, some current stars might be forgiven for feeling a little nervous.
And Solskjaer has further plans to bring in a midfielder, a full-back and a striker – though whether he will or not remains to be seen.
Much depends on the current transfer window and who remains by the end of the summer, but who needs to perform this weekend?
Anthony Martial is under pressure this summer (Image: GETTY)
Perhaps the most at danger is Lindelof, who will surely be shunted out of the side when Varane moves to Old Trafford.
Solskjaer wanted to partner Harry Maguire up with a world-class player, basically telling his current buddy Lindelof that he is not good enough – but the Sweden international will get a chance to stake his claim this weekend.
Both midfielders made up Solskjaer’s preferred pairing last season but that could all change with the arrival of Varane.
The defender will give the Red Devils more assurance at the back, meaning the defensive duo in midfield could be broken up and both will now be competing with one another for an advantage.
One of the most talented youngsters to come through the United academy in years, it seems bizarre to tell a 19-year-old that he needs to prove himself.
But that is exactly what you must do at United everyday and Sancho’s arrival will see the teenager’s game-time decrease, meaning when he gets the chance – he must take it.
Donny van de Beek
The Dutchman’s first year in the Premier League did not go to plan after being largely absent throughout but this could be his season to shine.
With Solskjaer keen to add more dynamism to his midfield, he has a ready-made player to do exactly that in Van de Beek – but it means he cannot afford to miss a chance.
Donny van de Beek has a big season ahead of him (Image: GETTY)
All the talk of signing a right-back must be stunning news to Wan-Bissaka, who has impressed since signing from Crystal Palace.
Yet amid speculation over Kieran Trippier’s arrival, the 23-year-old must reassert himself as a player that Solskjaer can count on.
The Frenchman had a poor season last year after scoring just four times in the Premier League and speculation over his future has grown.
But if Martial wants a future at United, he must put a string of consistent performances in or risk being offloaded, with Solskjaer already keen on bolstering his funds.
Another player who could be sold while his stock is high, Solskjaer has already stated that he is keen to see what Lingard can do at United this year.
There cannot be too many chances for the England international at his boyhood club and this one he must take with both hands.
Dean Henderson/David de Gea
One of the most disputed positions in the team is between the sticks where Henderson and De Gea are battling it out for supremacy.
Whoever gets the nod for this weekend’s game could end up becoming the No. 1 so the pressure is on – whereas the one missing out will surely look for an exit to land first-team football elsewhere.