Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, faces a clear decision in midfield as they prepare to take on Liverpool this weekend without captain Bruno Fernandes, who is serving a suspension.
United enters the game on the back of two consecutive defeats, a surprising 3-0 loss to Bournemouth in the league followed by a 1-0 setback against Bayern in the Champions League.
The challenge is immense, considering United’s struggles at Anfield, where they haven’t won since 2016, going eight games without victory.
With Fernandes unavailable due to accumulating his fifth yellow card of the league campaign, the logical replacement in the number 10 role is Scott McTominay.
The Scottish midfielder has excelled in an advanced attacking position for his national team and could assume a similar role at Anfield, focusing more on attacking duties without the additional defensive responsibilities.
In the defensive midfield role, Sofyan Amrabat is expected to retain his position, and alongside him, Kobbie Mainoo appears to be the likely choice.
Mainoo has earned praise for his poise and recovery pace in recent games, making him a suitable partner for Amrabat against Liverpool.
While Hannibal Mejbri is an alternative in the squad, Mainoo seems to be the more preferred option, given his recent performances and attributes that complement Amrabat’s playing style.
Therefore, Erik ten Hag seems to have a straightforward decision, opting for Amrabat, Mainoo, and McTominay as the midfield trio when United faces Liverpool in the North West derby.