4-2-3-1: Mount replaces Fernandes in this almost unrecognisable United XI vs Crystal Palace

The type of Manchester United team Erik ten Hag can field against Crystal Palace on Monday will be greatly influenced by the results of up to five postponed fitness tests.

Although it is a race against time for them all, Jonny Evans, Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, and Anthony Martial are all in the running to start for the first team.

Martial, who has been out of action for three months and won’t be match fit, is the least likely of all to start. He might make the bench, but that might still be a week from now.

Evans has returned to training after a much shorter layoff and Ten Hag said at Thursday’s presser “Jonny returned today in the team training and tomorrow, we will see if it is enough before the two days before the game.”

McTominay will only return to training today (Saturday), with the manager saying “Then we will have to see up to the game if he is 100 per cent available or for [only] a part in the game.”

Fernandes is rated 50/50 by Premierinjuries.com for the game and has been spotted sporting a protective boot.

Ten Hag, meanwhile, was unsure as of Thursday about Rashford’s anticipated return to training, so at this point, he must be regarded as extremely unlikely to play.

We have presumptively chosen that none of the five will start for the club on Monday.

In goal will be Andre Onana.

In defense, Diogo Dalot, Harry Maguire, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka ought to stick around. Unless Evans makes it, Casemiro is expected to partner Maguire once more; if not, the Brazilian will return to his typical midfield position.

Alternatively, Christian Eriksen will take it, assuming McTominay has healed enough. A better choice would be Sofyan Amrabat, but that is unlikely to happen.

Holding midfielder Kobbie Mainoo will assume the other position.

If Fernandes is out, Mason Mount, who plays more upfield, might finally start a game for the first time since November.

With Rasmus Hojlund up front, Alejandro Garnacho on the left and Antony on the right are anticipated to continue.

With all that in mind, here is our predicted line-up for Monday night’s game:

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.