What is Manchester United’s best first 11?

To challenge for the major honours, every squad needs strength in depth. Manchester United aren’t there yet. However, the squad is much better than it has been in previous years. Currently, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s United side contains of 33 squad members. A number which needs cutting down on. On the flip side, the wide range of options will allow Solskjær to rotate his side; something he didn’t do much of last season. 

Fred and McTominay starting became the norm, with Paul Pogba often shifted out to the left. The lack of a natural right-sided attacker also showed, with Marcus Rashford playing there in a number of big games. Managing Manchester United comes with a number of dilemmas. One of Solskjær’s this season will be to find his strongest line-up with a fully fit squad. 

Goalkeeping dilemma.

With David De Gea marking 10-years at Manchester United earlier on in the week, many believe his time is up. De Gea hasn’t been at his best in the last 3 years, costing the side a number of times last season. The same can be said of Henderson however, who looked shaky at times. The truth is, United’s goalkeeping options at this current time aren’t anywhere near the best. On the other hand, Henderson at just 24-years of age deserves an opportunity as well as time. Who will Solskjær opt with between the sticks?

Defensive wall

Unlike the goalkeeping situation, Manchester United’s defence is something that many people could agree on. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw are almost guaranteed starters, as well as club captain, Harry Maguire. The English trio provide width, defensive stability and even goal contributions. They are set to be joined by Raphaël Varane, who’s move to the Reds is expected to be completed very soon. 

Midfield trio

With United set to hold out another year for a holding midfielder, this makes thing interesting who Ole Gunnar Solskjær goes with as his defensive minded midfielder. Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba must start, with both players bringing bags of quality to the side. With Fred and McTominay being quite poor playing alongside each other, it still remains to be seen whether they could play as single holding midfielders. 33-year-old Nemanja Matic brings much more control to the side, which is what a Manchester United team needs. If Matic is managed well in terms of game time, he could be vital to United’s season. 

Attacking force 

With the arrival of Jadon Sancho, he is a player that is almost certain to hold the right-wing spot. The 21-year-old will provide goals and assists, as well as a much more balanced right side, something United have lacked for a number of years. Edinson Cavani has been given an extended holiday, but the number 7 is expected to be United’s first choice centre forward, ahead of Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood. Although Marcus Rashford is out with injury, the Englishman will come back into the fold in October. He scored 21 goals in all competitions last season. 


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