4-2-3-1: How Manchester United could lineup without Marouane Fellaini

4-2-3-1: How Manchester United could lineup without Marouane Fellaini

By Dave Marshall

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has been sensational so far this season, the 29-year-old has deputised well in the absence of key midfielder Paul Pogba and has been brilliant in a midfield pivot alongside Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic. He has scored four goals so far this season in all competition and has already equalled his overall tally for last season in just 8 matches.

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The Belgian international suffered a ligament damage in Belgium’s 4-3 win over Bosnia in their 2018 World Cup Qualifying series, he is expected to be out for few weeks and will surely be missed, but we must learn to cope in his absence as we face a demanding October.

Goalkeeper

Spanish international David de Gea has been impressive, keeping six clean sheet and conceding just two goals in seven Premier League games. He has hardly being tested due to United’s solidity at the back but he has consistently shown why he is being rated as one of the best when tested. He is expected to remain in goal against arch-rivals Liverpool barring any injury.

Defence

Although, Eric Bailly missed out on United’s 4-0 win against Crystal Palace after Chris Smalling was handed his first Premier League start but he is expected to return to the starting line-up to continue his impressive partnership with Phil Jones in the heart of the defence. At right-back Antonio Valencia is expected to keep his place while at left-back, Ashley Young will likely retain his spot at left-back having assisted Marouane Fellaini for one of his goals against Crystal Palace.

Midfield

A midfield quintet is expected with Matic and Ander Herrera expected to marshall the midfield while Mkhitaryan is expected to retain his spot in the hole behind the striker after providing five assists and scoring one goal in seven Premier League games. Mata and Rashford are also expected to start on the right and left hand side of the midfield respectively and are both expected to offer width going forward. Marcus Rashford will be a thorn in the flesh for the shaky Liverpool defence and would be hoping to continue from where he left off after assisting Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini for their goals in our victory over Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.

Attack

Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku is expected to lead the line against bitter rivals Liverpool away at Anfield after overcoming an ankle injury that kept him out of his side 4-3 win over Bosnia in their 2018 World Cup Qualifying series. He has been impressive, scoring seven goals in as many Premier League games he has played and will be hoping to continue his rich vein of form against the 18 times Premier League champions.

Probable lineup (4-2-3-1): De Gea,Valencia, Jones, Bailly, Young, Matic, Hererra, Mkhitaryan, Mata, Lukaku, Rashford.

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