Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting XI to face Liverpool at Anfield this afternoon has raise some questions from Manchester United supporters.
It appears the United boss has opted with a back five formation, with left-backs Brandon Williams and Luke Shaw both in the side.
Shaw could therefore be starting as one of three centre-backs, partnering Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire.
This is a concern for United fans who have seen Shaw struggle this season, notably against Nicolas Pepe at the Emirates on New Years day.
Eric Bailly, who is on the bench after returning from a long-term injury layoff, would have been a better selection but he may not have been ready to start.
Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford is unsurprisingly ruled out this afternoon with a back problem.
Anthony Martial and Daniel James are United’s only out and out attackers on the pitch, with Andreas Pereira likely to play in behind the pair.
Juan Mata has been excellent in his last two starts but it was inevitable Pereira would come back into the lineup for his pressing game.
See the team below, courtesy of United’s official twitter, plus some reactions from worried Reds:
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— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 19, 2020
Amazed that Luke Shaw could start in a back-three. Bailly may only be back from a long-term injury, but seriously?!
— Dale O'Donnell (@ODonnellDale) January 19, 2020
Erm okay. Williams AND Shaw is a strange one. Is that indicative of how lacking our squad is?
— Stephen Howson 🇾🇪 (@MrStephenHowson) January 19, 2020
Luke Shaw as a 3rd CB 😬
I'm scared in fact i'm fucking terrified.
— UTFR 🇾🇪 (@ManUtd_HQ) January 19, 2020
5-3-2 with Shaw as a CB and Matic in front of him.
What could go wrong?
— 🐐™ (@TheFergusonWay) January 19, 2020
Wow, didn’t expect this. Luke Shaw playing as a centre-back 😬
— Therese 🇳🇴 (@ThereseUTD) January 19, 2020
Probably being hopefully, but is it possible Shaw LWB, Williams RWB and AWB is playing RCB?
— Swanny🔴🇾🇪 (@ftbIswanny) January 19, 2020
— Hesham Bilal-Hafiz (@hesham786) January 19, 2020