Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Key Issues for Reds

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Key Issues for Reds

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INEXPERIENCE OR A SQUARE PEG AT CENTRE BACK? Marcos Rojo's injury means Manchester United are down to the bare bones at centre back, and Jose Mourinho has a choice to make.

Does he choose Axel Tuanzebe, who has 22 minutes of first-team experience under his belt, or does he trust a senior player to start out of position? Mourinho has said that Daley Blind is not good enough at centre back.

Michael Carrick or Timothy Fosu-Mensah could in theory partner Eric Bailly, but both would merely be square pegs in round holes.

LUKE SHAW IN THE ASCENDANCY Mourinho had rare praise to Luke Shaw following the Anderlecht game after the left back played through extra time with cramp.

However, with a clash against City at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday night, it is a lot to ask for him to play three games in eight days.

Should Shaw not feature from the start at Turf Moor, it could mean he has convinced Mourinho a rest would be of greater benefit to United's long-term ambitions. …

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