With Anthony Martial a serious doubt for Manchester United’s FA Cup clash against Chelsea, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is left facing a key selection decision.
Martial’s importance to United has enjoyed a drastic resurgence since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December. Amid an unbeaten, and largely winning, start to his interim stint that was only ended by PSG earlier this week, Martial has provided three goals and two assists.
Martial’s most recent outing, however, was cut short prematurely, withdrawn 45 minutes through Solskjaer’s first defeat at the Old Trafford helm after succumbing to injury, and the Frenchman has now been branded a doubt for United’s next outing by The Telegraph.
That just so happens to be a game that could well have some bearing on Solskjaer’s future at United beyond this season. Clinching the FA Cup would inevitably bolster his chances of being given the job permanently, but that depends on his side beating Chelsea on Monday night.
Alexis Sanchez: The Chile international was Martial’s direct replacement on Tuesday but didn’t have much effect on the game. In fact, he failed to take a shot at goal, complete a dribble or lay on a key pass according to Whoscored. Tied in with his general lack of form since moving to Old Trafford just over twelve months ago, Sanchez isn’t a hugely inspiring alternative.
Marcus Rashford: No player has benefited more from Solskjaer’s tutelage than Rashford, once a square peg shoved into various round holes by Mourinho but now United’s first-choice centre-forward. He’s no stranger to cutting in from the left wing though – throughout his career that role has yielded 11 goals and ten assists – and doing so on Monday would allow Lukaku to come back into the fold. The Belgium international was United’s hero of the last round of the FA Cup with two assists against Arsenal.
Juan Mata: More conventionally a right winger or No.10, positions that facilitate moving into central areas on his favoured left foot, but playing Mata on the left would allow him to launch curling crosses into the box. Throw in the Spaniard’s history with Chelsea and he could prove an inspired option.
So, Manchester United fans, who would you pick to take Martial’s place on the left wing against Chelsea? Let us know by voting below…