Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Analysis Key Issues for Reds

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Analysis Key Issues for Reds

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SAMUEL LUCKHURST ¦ HAS THE GAME COME AT THE RIGHT TIME FOR LUKE SHAW? It should not surprise anyone if Luke Shaw does not manage to make the XI in south Wales, what with Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind ahead of him in the left-back pecking order. Phil Jones' injury and a likely rest for Antonio Valencia could mean those two are needed elsewhere across the back line, which could open up a vacancy for Shaw. If he does not start then he might have to consider submitting a transfer request in January.

ANALYSIS KEY FOR ¦ AND AXEL TUANZEBE? SAMUEL Given how jittery Victor Lindelof has looked since his first appearance against the LA Galaxy in July, it would be sensible to belatedly recall the calm Axel Tuanzebe after his decent end to last season. Tuanzebe has not started at centre half in the first-team and it is about time Mourinho checked on his promise in central defence, particularly with his first-choice pairing of Jones and Eric Bailly sidelined. …

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