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3 Changes Solskjaer Needs To Make To Ensure Manchester United Gets All 3 Points Vs Manchester City

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Manchester United will entertain Manchester City at Old Trafford tonight on the back of a humiliating 4-0 loss against Everton last weekend. The Red Devils are in dire need of the three points from the Manchester derby which could help them in their quest of finishing in the top 4 at the end of this campaign.

However, they will come across an inform Man City side that has their sights firmly set on the Premier League title. Both teams will be desperate to secure a win but for very different reasons.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have a mammoth job in his hands as he prepares his side to get the better of their crosstown rivals. Here are three changes Man United could look to implement to ensure a positive result versus the Citizens later tonight.

Play With The Front Three Of Martial, Rashford and Lingard

The only way Man United can get anything from this game will be to go all guns blazing in the attacking third of the pitch. Solskjaer cannot trust Romelu Lukaku to deliver in the bigger games. Hence, it might be wise for the Red Devils to opt for some pace and trickery in their frontline. The front three of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard are more than capable of causing a few problems for Pep Guardiola’s defenders.

Use Pogba In A More Attacking Role

Pogba has shown in recent weeks that he is quite unreliable while defending in his own half as the Frenchman tends to get lazy at times during any given match. Thus, he should be used in a free-flowing role in midfield so that he has the license to get forward and join in on the attack whenever he wants.

If the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner can play well in the opposition half, then Man United will be in with a great chance of claiming something from this derby.

Deploy Smalling And Lindelof In Central Defence

Both Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof had worked well together when Solskjaer initially arrived at Old Trafford as the interim manager. Therefore, it makes sense for the Norwegian manager to revert to his proven defensive duo for this crunch clash at the Theatre of Dreams.

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