Man Utd v Sheffield United: Match in pictures
Manchester United are set to bench Anthony Martial for their Premier League clash with Arsenal on Saturday night, according to reports. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side lost 2-1 to Sheffield United in midweek. And they’ll be looking to bounce back when they lock horns with the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium.
According to Stretty News, United are set to bench Martial for the match against Arsenal.
The France international has endured a difficult campaign so far, scoring just two Premier League goals all season.
And, after struggling against Sheffield United in midweek, he’s set to be demoted with Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford leading the line instead.
David De Gea is primed to start in goal, despite his error against the Blades in Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw are set to start too – with the latter primed to replace Alex Telles.
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Fred and Scott McTominay are set to get the nod in the middle of the park.
Both men were missed in midweek as the Red Devils slumped to a disappointing defeat, but are now set to be reinstated.
And United’s attack should consist of a front four involving Cavani, Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba.
Earlier in the season, the Red Devils lost 1-0 to Arsenal courtesy of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty.
And they’re yet to beat the Gunners in the league since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as manager, though did win an FA Cup clash 3-1 in January 2019.
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Meanwhile, Martin Odegaard could make his debut for Arsenal against United.
And Solskjaer has praised the playmaker, saying: “Martin is a very talented young player and we know from the national team that he can cause any team problems.
“I just hope he’s not finding his form on Saturday.
“Wish him all the best. He’s a good boy, good attitude, right character, so I’m sure they’ve made a good signing there.”
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, said: “He’s a player that we followed for some time and we believe that he’s got some special qualities that we need, that we have been missing.
“Now we have to give him a little bit of time.
“He hasn’t played that many minutes in Madrid but he’s been training hard and he looks so excited, as we are, to have another big talent at our club.
“I’ve been really impressed. He’s a such a talent. He needs the right environment, he needs a little bit of time but I think he’s got the qualities to be a success for us.
“He’s a specialist to play in the pockets, to play in the No8 or No10 positions.
“He can play off the sides. He’s a really creative player who’s really comfortable on the ball in tight spaces and as the capacity to create chances and to score goals.”
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