How Man Utd could line-up against Chelsea with Axel Tuanzebe set to start, Martial OUT and doubts over Maguire recall

MANCHESTER UNITED take on Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday itching for another impressive win.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Co edged past Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League midweek.

How Man Utd could line-up against Chelsea on Saturday

Marcus Rashford was the hero at the Parc des Princes yet again, as Bruno Fernandes also converted another penalty.

Solskjaer sent out his troops in a 3-4-1-2 formation, with the new strategy appearing to suit a number of players.

Axel Tuanzebe earned rave reviews on the right-side of the back-three, keeping superstar Kylian Mbappe quiet.

Our exclusive poll revealed 83 per cent of fans want Tuanzebe to start against Chelsea, too.

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With Eric Bailly ruled out through injury for a month, it’s possible Harry Maguire returns to the back-three on the left-side.

The Man Utd captain has endured a tricky run of form in recent months and was rested for the win in France.

But the England defender is best-suited to playing in a back-three, with Victor Lindelof set to take the final spot.

However, should Solskjaer opt to sideline Maguire again, Luke Shaw would likely start on the left of the back-three.

Solskjaer could line-up in his favoured 4-2-3-1 for Chelsea

Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Alex Telles should continue at wing-back, with Shaw pushing for the left spot should he not start in the middle.

Solskjaer must choose just two of Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, Fred, Donny van de Beek and Nemanja Matic in the middle of the park.

Fred and McTominay started the win over PSG – but he will likely rotate his pack at Old Trafford.

Fernandes is a near-certainty to start in the No10 role, just ahead of the centre-mids, playing just behind the front two.

Anthony Martial is suspended for the game following his red card for lashing out at Erik Lamela against Tottenham.

Meanwhile, Mason Greenwood is said to have been suffering with a mystery knock, but some reports claim he has been dropped after demonstrating a poor attitude, including turning up late for training.

United fans will hope to see Tuanzebe in the starting XI again

Harry Maguire could miss out again after sitting out the PSG win

Should Greenwood not play, Edinson Cavani would likely be given his first start having missed out on the midweek clash against his old club.

The Uruguayan would start alongside Rashford in the attacking slots.

Solskjaer could, of course, opt for his more-favoured 4-2-3-1 formation.

Should that be the case, one defender – likely Maguire or Lindelof – would be sacrificed for another forward.

With Greenwood and Martial both out, Daniel James and Juan Mata would fight for a spot at right-wing, with Rashford on the left and Cavani through the middle.

It’s possible both James and Mata play, with Rashford in the central berth should Cavani not be deemed match fit.

Man Utd welcome Chelsea to Old Trafford on Saturday, with kick-off 5.30pm.

Cavani could replace suspended Martial, with Pogba hoping to start


By: Dave Fraser
Title: How Man Utd could line-up against Chelsea with Axel Tuanzebe set to start, Martial OUT and doubts over Maguire recall
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Published Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2020 07:29:34 +0000

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