Three ways Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can hurt Arsenal even without Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial

first_imgMason Greenwood has scored in each of his last two appearances for Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Manchester United have only scored twice in their previous three matches in all competitions and each of those goals belongs to 17-year-old striker Mason Greenwood.The youngster opened his senior goalscoring account with a well-taken finish from his right foot against Astana before doing likewise on his left side in the Rochdale clash and Solskjaer has regularly talked up his potential in the early weeks of the season.‘Mason is one of the best finishers I’ve seen and I’ve played with quite a few decent ones,’ Solskjaer quipped before Greenwood had even scored for the first-team while he insisted on Friday that he is ‘ready’ to step up to Premier League football. Jesse Lingard has scored more goals against Arsenal than any other side (Picture: Getty)Much has been made of Jesse Lingard’s poor return in front of goal with the England international netting just once in 23 appearances for United this calendar year.That solitary strike also came right at the start of the year too with Lingard’s goal drought spanning eight months. The last team he scored against? Arsenal in the FA Cup.Lingard never has and never will be a consistent goalscorer as a return of 17 goals in 116 appearances for United indicates, yet for some reason, he usually raises his game against Arsenal. How Manchester United could line up in a 4-2-3-1 formationEntrusting Greenwood, who turns 18 on Tuesday, to lead the line against Arsenal would be some show of faith from Solskjaer even with United’s injury problems, but the youngster has not looked fazed since stepping into senior football.Rashford scored twice on his first Premier League start against Arsenal in 2016 and Greenwood will be out to emulate his achievements if selected to lead the line.2. Jesse Lingard as a False 9 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may opt to deploy Jesse Lingard as a False 9Indeed, Lingard has scored more goals against Arsenal than any other club in the Premier League, netting four times in only five appearances and his most memorable moments in a United shirt have come in those matches.If there is one United player Arsenal fans will not want to see score against them it is Lingard after his ‘Milly Rock’ and moonwalk celebrations against them at the Emirates over the past couple of seasons.AdvertisementAdvertisementLingard ended last weekend’s dismal 2-0 defeat to West Ham playing as a False 9 after Rashford went off injured and given his propensity to find the net against Arsenal, Solskjaer may be tempted to use him in that role from the start.3. Match Arsenal’s gameplan Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe have played up front together in Arsenal’s recent matches (Picture: Getty)Against a Pogba-less Manchester United, Unai Emery may be tempted to use the diamond system that made an appearance in the second half against Spurs and in away trips to Anfield and Vicarage Road in a bid to dominate the midfield.That formation also sets Arsenal up nicely to counter-attack against a United side who are likely to play a high defensive line at Old Trafford through the searing pace of Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang upfront.Emery’s use of club-record recruit Pepe has been interesting with the Ivorian playing as much of his football as a central striker as on his customary right-wing position which is where he spent the entirety of his final season at Lille. Three ways Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can hurt Arsenal even without Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a selection dilemma ahead of Manchester United’s clash against Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Manchester United’s 4-0 victory over Chelsea in early August suddenly feels a very long time ago.That result raised expectations amongst supporters that the 2019-20 campaign could be more successful than the horror-show of a season that preceded it, yet since that resounding win United have only won twice in seven matches, including against Kazakh side Astana.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side squeezed through their Carabao Cup third-round tie against League One Rochdale at Old Trafford on Wednesday but only via the lottery of a penalty shootout after a 16-year-old schoolkid had scored an equaliser in normal time.It was hardly the most ideal preparation for Monday’s game against Arsenal – arguably United’s biggest challengers for a top-four place – and Solskjaer’s hopes of securing a much-needed three points have been hit by a spate of injury problems.ADVERTISEMENT Daniel James and Mason Greenwood could be deployed in tandem through the middle against ArsenalUnited don’t possess the same level of firepower as their opponents, particularly with Rashford and Martial set to miss out, but Solskjaer could opt to emulate Arsenal’s system by deploying a speedy wide forward in tandem with a natural striker.Daniel James’ start to life in the Premier League has been excellent with the Welshman netting three times in his opening six Premier League appearances. Only Rashford with 18 has had more attempts on goal in United’s squad than James’ 14 so far.The speed and movement of a James-Greenwood partnership, not to mention the unpredictability each can bring into the game, could have the potential to unsettle Arsenal’s unconvincing central defensive pairing of David Luiz and Sokratis Papastathopolous.AdvertisementMore: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Marcus Rashford went off injured during United’s last Premier League game against West Ham (Picture: Getty)Ahead of the game, Solskjaer said ‘I wouldn’t put my life on it’ when asked whether Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial would be available while also confirming that Paul Pogba is a doubt after suffering a knock to his ankle against Rochdale in midweek.AdvertisementAdvertisementShould that trio of players be unavailable to face Arsenal, Solskjaer will be without his two senior centre-forwards and his most creative central midfield player, making his task of securing a vital three points all the more difficult.Here are three ways Solskjaer could look to compensate for Rashford, Martial and Pogba’s absences to hurt Arsenal.1. Mason Greenwood unleashed Advertisement Oliver Young-MylesMonday 30 Sep 2019 6:30 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link611Shares Comment Advertisementlast_img

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