Man Utd XI vs Arsenal: Pogba, Martial likely to Start as Three changes made

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Friday that Anthony Martial (groin) is fit and that he hoped to have Nemanja Matic (muscle) “and/or” Ander Herrera (hamstring) ready for the trip to Arsenal too.

Solskjaer added that Matic and Herrera have “done well in their recovery work” and only need to have “another couple of days’ training with the team”, so their prospects of featuring appear positive.

Solskjaer has a welcome selection headache, then, after the injury woes of the last fortnight, with a handful of his second-string players performing admirably against Paris Saint-Germain in midweek.

The interim United boss said that the Wednesday night win in Paris was “one of the hardest nights we’ve had, physically”, so we can perhaps expect to see one or two changes to freshen the side up.

The likes of Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira could make way after two starts over the last seven days, though Solskjaer sang the praises of Fred after his excellent performance in the victory over PSG and the Brazilian could very well retain his place in the United midfield.

Which system Solskjaer will use at the Emirates is also uncertain, given that Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku have struck up a good understanding in the 4-4-2 that their manager used on Wednesday night and Fred seems more at ease in that set-up.

The former Molde manager used a 4-3-3 with Lukaku on the right flank in the FA Cup win at Arsenal in January, though with Lukaku in such fine goal-scoring form he may decide to play the Belgian striker through the middle against the Gunners this time round.

Paul Pogba will surely return to the starting XI after missing the midweek Champions League tie through suspension, meanwhile.

There was no update provided in Solskjaer’s presser on Jesse Lingard (hamstring), Juan Mata (hamstring), Phil Jones (illness), Antonio Valencia (knock) and Matteo Darmian (knock), though Eric Bailly is fit after being forced off with a minor injury in Paris.

Bailly, Diogo Dalot and Marcos Rojo are options if Solskjaer needs to rest any of his first-choice back four, who all started against PSG. Alexis Sanchez (knee) is out for four to six weeks.

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