Garth Crooks has been selected his Premier League team of the week for his BBC Sport column.
The former Manchester United player has gone with a very attack-minded 3-4-3 formation to fit the past week’s best performers from the top-flight.
That includes two Man Utd players — both of whom take up attacking positions.
Juan Mata has been shoehorned into his role on the right side of midfield, while Marcus Rashford features on the left of a three-man attack.
In his assessment of Mata’s performance against Norwich City, Crooks says United are not good enough to keep a player like Mata on the bench. That was a view previously uttered by Gary Neville and the Sky Sports pundit appears to be bang on about the Spaniard needing to play more against teams that set up with a low block.
Crooks wrote: “The ball for Marcus Rashford to score Manchester United’s opening goal against a soon-to-be-ravaged Norwich City was wonderful. There are few players in the Premier League capable of delivering such a ball – but Mata is one of them. The former Spain playmaker looked up, saw what Rashford saw, and played a pass that rendered everyone in the ground – including the entire Norwich defence – as spectators. Manchester United are simply not good enough to keep a player of Mata’s quality on the bench these days. When is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer going to realise that?”
Rashford was fantastic against the Canaries and it looks like he could win Manchester United player of the season this year.
Crooks took his performance to have a dig at former United manager José Mourinho, writing, “I can’t help but feel if Jose Mourinho was still at Old Trafford, Rashford would be playing for a club abroad or in the reserves – instead, he is now flourishing at the club he loves.”
BBC Sport Premier League team of the week: