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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made four changes to Manchester United’s starting lineup that started the boring goalless draw against City ahead of tonight’s Premier League tie against Sheffield United.
There are two baseline changes with Dean Henderson replacing David de Gea between the posts and Alex Telles returning to the starting lineup as left back in place of Luke Shaw.
Solskjaer has played central midfield, Scott McTominay and Fred are out in a move that could push Paul Pogba into a deeper role, with the superstar joined by defensive-minded Nemanja Matic.
In United’s attacking lineup, Anthony Martial joins Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood in the top four.
Solskjaer’s decision to shore up the attack is not surprising given that United face the Blades, who are bottom of the Premier League table with just one point in 12 games so far.
Check out the Red Devils lineup below:
? Another great day awaits you … here is your United XI?
– Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 17, 2020
Here’s how some of the United faithful reacted to Solskjaer’s roster:
Henderson, Pogba, Telles, Bruno, Rashford, Martial and Greenwood – all in the same starting lineup? In my mother’s life, I’m in heaven right now, oh my god
-? IBD. (@UtdEIIis) December 17, 2020
Very attacking. I hope to reap what we sow
– JBAIDEN10 (@ jbaiden10) December 17, 2020
I am very satisfied with this lineup. Anything other than a convincing victory would not be accepted by DoF, Wilson. Come on guys
– Uncle Wilsøn @ (@iam_wilsons) December 17, 2020
What. A. Line. Above.
– Ryan. ? (@Vintage_Utd) December 17, 2020
I’m glad that Shaw is resting
-? (@LukeShawArmy) December 17, 2020
WHAT TEAM OH MY GOD
– Swanny ??? (@ftbIswanny) December 17, 2020
So Pogba, Martial, Matic and 8 pieces of wood
– Martial elite? (@MysticalMartial) December 17, 2020
Impressive team on paper, perfect indeed. Hopefully it works from a defensive perspective!
– Alex (@AA_utd) December 17, 2020
The Red Devils have posted victories for the most part in the top flight recently, Chris Wilder’s men are simply a team United should leave behind if they hope to start this season.
It’s a special moment for Henderson as he faces the team he was on loan to for two seasons and presented the stopper with first-team opportunities to launch into stardom.
The decision to start Henderson may well offer the Red Devils an influencer on the field with knowledge of Sheffield United’s secrets, as well as pulling De Gea out of the line of fire.