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Cavani And Pogba Miss Out, Mata Starts | Strongest Possible Manchester United Lineup This Season

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

A 3-1 win over Everton last weekend will serve as a sigh of relief for a Manchester United side who have once again appeared inconsistent. But, as we head into the international break, it is an ideal time for us to look at their season so far. And here, at The 4th Official, we will take a look at their strongest possible eleven based purely on performances so far this campaign.

Strongest Possible Manchester United Lineup This Season


David de Gea has been in excellent form this season, often becoming the telling factor for Manchester United in some matches, especially in the 2-1 win over PSG earlier in the campaign. He keeps out Dean Henderson in between the sticks.

There should be no competition for the two fullbacks either as Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been an ever-present figure in the starting lineup while new signing Alex Telles has featured very little due to Coronavirus, thus paving the way for Luke Shaw to start at left-back.

Axel Tuanzebe has been in good form in the Champions League, so he gets the nod ahead of Victor Lindelof. The young centre-back starts alongside Harry Maguire at the heart of Manchester United’s four-man backline.

Strongest Possible Manchester United Lineup This Season - Tuanzebe starts ahead of Lindelof.
SINGAPORE – JULY 20: Axel Tuanzebe of Manchester United is seen during the 2019 International Champions Cup match between Manchester United and FC Internazionale at the Singapore National Stadium on July 20, 2019, in Singapore. (Photo by Pakawich Damrongkiattisak/Getty Images)


Things do get particularly tricky in midfield where Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer has a lot of options to choose from. That said, Fred almost picks himself due to his excellent form this season.

The Brazilian should operate in the double-pivot, alongside Scott McTominay, who gets the nod ahead of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic. These two seem like the best midfield options for Manchester United at the moment.


Moving forward, Bruno Fernandes is a guaranteed starter in the number ten role, starting ahead of new signing Donny van be Beek, who has played very little football since joining from Ajax.

We do have one interesting pick in the attack, however, with Juan Mata getting the nod ahead of Mason Greenwood at right-wing. The veteran playmaker has performed well whenever he has been given the chance so far this campaign, offering creativity and guile.

There’s not much to choose from on the opposite flank, however, with Marcus Rashford pretty much a guaranteed starter while the Manchester United attack should be led by Anthony Martial. The Frenchman starts over new signing Edinson Cavani, who is yet to find his feet in England, mainly due to fitness problems.

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