4-2-3-1: Three big stars return as Hojlund sacrificed in major United shake-up – opinion

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Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford have all recovered from injury and are in line to return to the Manchester United squad for tomorrow’s Premier League tie against Arsenal.

Meanwhile, Mason Mount, who replaced Fernandes in Monday’s ill-fated outing against Crystal Palace, has picked up another injury and will miss the game.

Fernandes coming straight back in the side for Mount therefore seems an inevitability.

As for McTominay and Rashford, their position in the starting XI is more contentious.

Christian Eriksen has been playing alongside Kobbie Mainoo in the twin midfield pivot, with Sofyan Amrabat the only other option. The Moroccan has not looked impressive when he has played.

The other alternative in midfield is to move Casemiro back and find another option at centre back, where he looked completely out of his depth at Selhurst Park on Monday, leading former United captain Roy Keane to insist he should not be allowed to continue in the role.

But with none of the injured defenders close to a return yet, there seems little alternative to keeping the Brazilian there, unless McTominay himself takes the position, as he has done for Scotland on a few occasions.

But we think Casemiro will stay at centre back and that McTominay will replace Eriksen in midfield. Manager Erik ten Hag can perhaps just hope that where Casemiro is concerned, practice makes perfect.

The rest of the defence should stay the same, with Andre Onana in goal, Diogo Dalot and Aaron Wan-Bissaka the full-backs and Jonny Evans at left centre back.

Lisandro Martinez is back in training and Ten Hag said he asked him to play, but he has been told it is too soon. Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Willy Kambwala, Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia also all remain unavailable

Shaw has suffered a small setback on his own road to recovery.

Up front, Rashford could be brought straight back into the side and frankly, only Alejandro Garnacho looks untouchable there. Antony and Rasmus Hojlund were both poor again against Palace, although the Brazilian is more willing to track back and help out his defence than Rashford, which might persuade the boss to keep him in the side against the high-flying Gunners.

What Ten Hag might do is to drop the exhausted-looking Hojlund and play Rashford up front, leaving Antony on the right wing.

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