Marin Keown believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to leave out one of his best attacking players this weekend against Liverpool.
Uruguay legend Edinson Cavani has scored four goals in 15 appearances for Manchester United since joining the club as a free agent last summer.
The 33-year-old started against Burnley during the week and although he didn’t score, the former Paris Saint-Germain goalscorer played very well — and I would’ve thought he’d be one of the first names on the team sheet tomorrow since Liverpool have absentees at centre-back.
However, former Arsenal defender Martin Keown reckons Cavani may have to ‘sit out’ of Sunday’s trip to Anfield.
Keown told BBC Sport: “The thing is, someone is going to need to sit out.
“I think probably Cavani, who I love because he’s an out and out centre forward, will have to sit this one out. That allows Pogba to come in.
“They like to have Fred and McTominay because that makes them tough to beat. Does Pogba play deep? On the wing? Where does he fit in? He’s been outstanding so it’s a nice dilemma for the manager to have.
“I prefer him higher up the pitch but then you’ve got Bruno Fernandes. It’s about fitting them both in, but then you have Rashford and Martial as well.
“Rashford played on the right last time out and wasn’t really effective so you’d imagine he would go to the left.
“That means Martial goes to the middle and Cavani probably sits out because of the pace he [Martial] gives them and that’s the weakness for Liverpool at the moment.”
Pogba, Cavani, Fernandes, Martial, Rashford…
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United can cause Liverpool huge problems tomorrow if they can get at them.
Cavani will smell blood in and around that Liverpool defence so I would be surprised if Solskjaer opted to leave him on the bench tomorrow.
Keown totally ignores that Anthony Martial is not a certainty for the game after nursing a knock at the end of United’s 1-0 win over Burnley.