Despite previous campaigns, Manchester United look set to have a full 25-man squad to choose from for the upcoming games. This is something they didn’t have last season given the injury crisis they suffered. Although there are only two weeks left until October is finished, the Red Devils will be facing the likes of Liverpool, Fenerbahce, Chelsea, Manchester City and Burnley before then.
With five games to play within two weeks, it will be important for Jose Mourinho to make the most out of the fit squad and rotate the team around for the fixtures especially at Old Trafford. Here are three players who are yet to complete 180 minutes of Premier League football this campaign....
After making his debut for the side in the previous season, it feels like quite a long time since the Red Devils have had a versatile player promoted from the youth ranks of the club. Fosu-Mensah has the ability to play in any role in defence well as a defensive midfielder, which is quite impressive for someone who is only 18-years-old.
Whilst Daley Blind is seen as back-up option for Luke Shaw at left-back, the Dutchman is serving as an understudy to Antonio Valencia, who has been impressive under Mourinho but always seems to be out of position when the opposition are on the break. If Valencia was to go through a poor run of games, without a doubt Fosu-Mensah would get chance to be a regular starter.
With reports coming in that Fosu-Mensah is close to signing a four-year deal, the fans will surely be happy that the club finally have a player that can serve in the right-back role for many years to come.
As Ander Herrera slots into the double pivot alongside Paul Pogba, it’s starting to become apparent that the side are still missing a defensive midfielder to give the right balance in midfield. Michael Carrick is the only midfielder in the Manchester United squad that can control the game as well as reading it, however he is now 35-years-old and will be looking to hang his boots in the summer.
Schneiderlin remains as the next player who can play in the defensive midfielder role and is yet to receive his chance from Mourinho. Last season will be one to forget for the Frenchman, who was misused by the previous manager and will hope to achieve more game time this campaign which he hasn’t had yet.
Keeping in mind that Mourinho likes to play a midfield trio in the big fixtures especially away from Old Trafford, Schneiderlin would be one of the obvious options for these types of games.
Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, it’s been quite a slow start for the Armenian, only completing four appearances and just one of them being from the start of the game. Ahead of the Manchester derby, Mkhitarayan was injured during the international break and Mourinho took a risk on him, which didn’t work out and was taken off at half-time.
Now being fully fitl, he now has a big chance to start proving critics wrong and show that it just took a little bit of time to settle into the Premier League. With the right-wing position still not forcefully taken by Jesse Lingard, Mkhitaryan could easily go on to taking his place once he gets into his stride.
When comparing Lingard to Mkhitaryan, it’s not even up for debate as the latter has better end product and is more creative in the final third of the pitch.