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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is going to face one of his toughest challenges yet as they get ready to face Sheffield United this weekend.

Sheffield United are flying high in the Premier League and are above Man Utd in the table and have won plaudits for the way they have instantly adapted to the top flight.

A right selection of the line-up for Sunday’s game is going to be crucial for Solskjaer and will give us a chance to overtake the Blades.

Manchester United need to attack

Sheffield United have an extremely resolute defence and have conceded just nine goals this season in 12 games. They will be happy to sit back and we have to take the game to them.

This means all of our best attackers need to be on the pitch, with Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Dan James all certain to start.

United should also line up with two centre-backs to accommodate this, as opposed to three.

It is an option to bring in a returning Axel Tuanzebe and go three at the back, but we expect just Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelöf to start in a two.

The big dilemma

Scott McTominay is a doubt with injury. At this early stage United have to plan without him.

Nemanja Matic was pictured back in training earlier on Wednesday and is the most obvious replacement.

If he impresses Solskjaer and proves his fitness then it should be a straightforward swap for McTominay.

In the event Matic has a setback or does not impress, then United have a bigger dilemma.

The most natural fit then is to drop Andreas Pereira back into a deeper role alongside Fred. His industrious nature could be key against a hard working Sheffield United midfield.

This would open up a chance for Jesse Lingard to try and prove his worth in an attacking role.

This is all subject to change if McTominay is passed fit. James Garner also has an outside chance of replacing him.

The other area of debate should be a non-issue, selecting Brandon Williams at left-back. We are worried Solskjaer may revert to Ashley Young, but hopefully not.

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