The loss to Sheffield United wasn’t fatal to Man United’s title hopes, but they could quickly find themselves out of the picture with a few more poor results.
They’ve got a tough one against Arsenal this afternoon when you consider that Mikel Arteta’s men have been steadily improving in recent weeks, so it will be interesting to see what Solksjaer does.
He usually tries to keep things tight in the big games but 0-0 draws at home won’t win you the title, so here’s how he’s decided to line up this afternoon:
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— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 30, 2021
There’s no surprises that changes have been made and this is probably United’s strongest XI just now, but the omission of Anthony Martial is probably the most notable one.
The Frenchman has really struggled for confidence this season and he’s one of those players who can quickly become one dimensional if he’s not believing in himself, so it’s probably the right call.
Obviously it’s a shame because it’s never nice to see someone lose their place in the team, but that decision has been approved by a lot of the fans ahead of this one:
Biggest positive for me is that Ole has dropped Martial. Much, much needed axe from the XI after a very poor patch of form. Going for draws v the traditional Top 6, a ‘must not lose’ attitude is good enough for a Top 4 finish but not even close to enough for a title race. #mufc
— Hesham Bilal-Hafiz (@hesham786) January 30, 2021
Martial being benched is the right call to make. He’s been off this season and hasn’t put in the effort.
— Eddie Martinez (@crisznani) January 30, 2021
@ManUtd thank you for dropping Martial
— W ? (@Wika_Kawina) January 30, 2021
Martial has been horrific nearly the whole season, he needs some time on the bench
— Lemur ? BLM (he/him) (@floatinglemur) January 30, 2021
Martial starts on the bench.
About bloody time he was dropped for poor form. https://t.co/x9gi7jT2V9
— K Jackson (@kjackson1984) January 30, 2021
Ole actually dropped Martial, about time
— niko (@tvniko_) January 30, 2021
The fact martial won’t be starting today makes me happy. C’mon united #ARSMUN
— B (@bolzy020) January 30, 2021
Come on United. Back to winning ways. I hope Martial watches Cavani and how much effort he puts in!
— Stuart Clarke (@Tourist_Clarke) January 30, 2021