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4-3-3: How injury hit Man United could line up, with Sancho & Van de Beek both starting

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With the injuries mounting, we’ve taken a closer look at how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could line up with his current Man United options.

Manchester United Football Club find themselves in a messy situation yet again. I’m starting to think the problems are more deep-rooted than the playing squad and manager, if you catch my drift…

Anyway, that’s for another day. As things stand the walls are closing in on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Our Baby Faced Assassin is struggling for results, while his first-team squad is dropping like flies…

The likes of Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw have pulled out of international duty, though I suspect both will be good to go next time out. Raphael Varane, Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani on the other hand, all could be out for a little while.

With that in mind, we’ve drawn up a starting XI that we believe will work in the interim.

Check out how I think we could line up here:

The first thing to note is the switch back to the 4-3-3. Without Varane, it means all of our fit centre-backs, including Eric Bailly, would have to play. When you consider how injury-prone the Ivorian is, that’s just not a long-term solution right now.

Sadly, it means reverting back to a back four that struggled for large portions of last season – but as things stand, that’s our best option…

Next is a change in midfield. We’re all sick of Fred walking into the starting line-up despite poor performances. Why not make a change? Why not make a risk? Why not finally see what Donny van de Beek can actually do?!

Finally, we’ve switched it up in the final third. Marcus Rashford and Cristiano Ronaldo will always start when fit. Both are just too good to drop when they’re on form. We’ve drafted in Jadon Sancho, who actually looked pretty decent on a cameo against City. He was probably bought as a right-winger, so let’s use him out there, eh?

At the end of the day, they say insanity is trying the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. Surely at this stage, Solskjaer is willing to try something else?

Agree? Disagree? Let us know what you think our best XI is given our current injury situation.

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