It hasn’t been the greatest of starts to the new season for Manchester United.
And the last week has been one to forget.
Going from a draw with Wolves to losing at home against Crystal Palace, missing a penalty in both games, you’d wonder if it could get any worse for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?
Well, yes, it could… Anthony Martial sustained an injury on Saturday and looks set to miss this weekend’s away trip to Southampton, as per the Irish Times.
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Martial has been one of our more consistent players so far this season, and has scored two goals from the opening three Premier League matches.
The Frenchman appears to have his mojo back – finally ready to build on his form in 2015, shortly after joining United from AS Monaco.
But United struggled in front of goal against Palace with Martial on the pitch, so how will they cope without him this weekend should Solskjaer rule him out?
His absence could see Marcus Rashford move into a more central position. The England international took Romelu Lukaku’s role towards the end of last season following Solskjaer’s appointment, and will be looking forward to another chance leading the line.
Rashford may not be a free-scoring striker just yet, but the Norwegian coach is a believer in his ability.
That means Solskjaer needs to fill the void on the left wing. Daniel James should be favourite to take up that role as he’s looked lively in all of his appearances for the Red Devils so far – already scoring two goals at Old Trafford.
On the right wing, however, Solskjaer is presented with a bit of a headache. Mason Greenwood would be a popular choice to step in, though Juan Mata has yet to make an appearance this season while Jesse Lingard remains a favourite for the manager.
It’s time to drop Lingard and give Greenwood some minutes. This weekend is the perfect opportunity for Solskjaer to do that.
A rapid front-three of Rashford, Greenwood and James would send shivers down the spines of Saints’ defenders.