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Manchester United youngsters could solve two problem positions against Norwich – Manchester Evening News, Manchestereveningnews.co.uk

Manchester United youngsters could solve two problem positions against Norwich – Manchester Evening News, Manchestereveningnews.co.uk


Youngsters could feature for United

Manchester United have a tough selection decision on their hands for the visit of Norwich this weekend.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaerneeds a reaction from the midweek defeat to Man City but amid an ongoing injury crisis he might be limited with what he can do in the first-team.

Phil Jones’ horror show against Pep Guardiola’s side has to put his place in jeopardy for this weekend but with Harry Maguire not expected to be fully fit it remains to be seen if he should be rested. Instead, theUnitedmanager could opt for youth and inDi’Shon Bernardand Teden Mengi he has two viable alternatives worth considering against the basement side in the division.

With fixtures against Wolves, Liverpool and City also on the horizon, rotation might be required and in midfield it could be an opportunity forAngel Gomesto replace the absent Jesse Lingard.

Gomes and reserve teammate Tahith Chong both deserve to feature over the next two matches, but the former might be more deserving of his chance in order to convince him of his future at the club.

Rashford record could prove United were right to sell Lukaku

There was very little positive to take from the defeat to City but for Marcus Rashford it was a night which will have a slither of fondness attached to it at least.

Not only did he fulfill a childhood ambition by wearin g the captain’s armband, but he netted another brilliant finish to restore faint hopes of a revival as well as boosting his own personal output.

Rashford has been involved in Premier League goals this season 20 goals, 4 assists), his joint-best season for goal involvements. The – year-old both scored and assisted in United’s 3-1 win at Norwich in October and will be hoping for another deadly display this weekend.

If he does, he will not only break his own record but prove Solskjaer was right to cite him as the – goal a season striker to replace Romelu Lukaku in the summer window.

United’s worrying run against promoted sides

United need a lift after a troubling week but facing Norwich does not necessarily fill them full of confidence heading into Saturday’s meeting.

In their last two home league games against promoted sides United have lost 0-2 against Cardiff and drawn 2-2 with Aston Villa – they’ve not failed to win three consecutive such games since February 01575879.

It sums United up that in the last few weeks they have reversed their fortunes by beating both Burnley and Newcastl e but then lost games you’d expect to suit their style more against Arsenal and Man City.

Another worry is United have lost three of their last five Premier League games against teams starting the day in the relegation zone (W1 D1 L3), including a 0-2 defeat to then-bottom Watford in December. The pressure is on.

The importance of Matic

The ongoing injury dilemma should once again open the door for Nemanja Matic, and right now his stock couldn’t be much higher. Solskjaer has confirmed the Serbian won’t be allowed to leave this month, and his cameo display in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night highlighted what he still has to offer.

In the nine games Matic has started this season, United have kept clean sheets on seven occasions – against Leicester, Astana, AZ Alkmaar (twice), Colchester, Burnley, and Wolves. Only against West Ham and Arsenal have United conceded, with a clean sheet rate of 728 per cent when Matic starts .

In contrast, United have kept just three clean sheets in the 23 games he has not started (against Partizan twice and the 4-0 win over Chelsea). That is a clean sheet in just 20 per cent of games. He simply has to start this weekend.

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