With the World Cup coming to a conclusion, Manchester United is turning its attention to a Carabao Cup match against Burnley on December 21. And they’ll be hoping to build on the momentum they gained under Erik ten Hag just before the tournament in Qatar began. So Express Sport will now look at the best XI United can field when everyone is totally fit, firing, and injury-free.
De Gea is the goalkeeper.
David De Gea was omitted from Spain’s roster this winter, with Luis Enrique preferring not to bring the goalkeeper to the Middle East.
And that decision backfired, as the 2010 champions were eliminated in the round of 16 by Morocco.
De Gea was a bright spot for United last season when they struggled under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick.
And, with the exception of a few gaffes earlier in the season, the goalie has been at his magnificent best this season.
United has Martin Dubravka and Tom Heaton as backups, but neither will be able to replace De Gea anytime soon. Dean Henderson, who has done well on loan at Nottingham Forest, is among them.
Dalot, Martinez, Varane, and Shaw play defense.
With Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane reaching the final stages of the World Cup, they will be given a break when they return from international duty.
When they return, though, the pair are anticipated to be Ten Hag’s first-choice defensive pairing.
Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire are talented players, but they are no match for Varane and Martinez. Despite only signing from Ajax in the summer, the latter is well-liked at Old Trafford.
Diogo Dalot has continued his outstanding development for United this season, with the Portugal international solidly ahead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka in Ten Hag’s pecking order.
And, while Tyrell Malacia has a lot of potentials, he’s not ready to take over for Luke Shaw on a weekly basis just yet.
Midfielders: Casemiro, Eriksen, and Fernandes
Fortunately for United, Casemiro and Christian Eriksen both avoided significant injury during the World Cup.
Casemiro played well for Brazil but was unable to prevent his team from losing in the quarter-finals to Croatia, prompting manager Tite to resign.
And Eriksen was unable to lead Denmark out of the group stages, despite the European team being regarded as a dark horse prior to the tournament’s start.
Bruno Fernandes shone in Qatar for Portugal, emerging as Fernando Santos’ talisman ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.
He’ll be looking to keep up his good form when he returns to United action, having gained Ten Hag’s faith during the Dutchman’s time in charge so far.
Attackers include Antony, Martial, and Rashford.
adolescent talent Before the international break, Alejandro Garnacho was on fire for Manchester United, scoring against Fulham and turning around a 4-2 victory over Aston Villa.
Despite being a fantastic player at such a young age, Marcus Rashford represents an upgrade on the left wing.
With Anthony Martial out with an injury, the England international has spent much of the season playing down the middle.
However, Martial is now fully fit and will be Ten Hag’s attacking figurehead when club football returns after the tournament.
Antony will likely start on the right wing ahead of Jadon Sancho, with the Brazilian scoring three goals in his first six Premier League games after joining from Ajax in the summer.