Lingard and Martial injured - attacking options?

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  1. Feb 13, 2019 at 12:58
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    Inigo Montoya Leave Wayne Rooney alone!!

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    Looks like a hamstring for Jesse and a Groin for Martial.

    Should we go for:

    Sanchez- Lukaku- Rashford or Sanchez -Rashford-Mata?

    Or even have Fred come in finally? He's more mobile than Mata

    Couldn't have come at a worse time
  2. Feb 13, 2019 at 13:00
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    Shark @NotShark

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    Has anything been confirmed yet regarding both injuries?
  3. Feb 13, 2019 at 13:01
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    RussellWilson Full Member

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    I'd probably look to play a 442 with Rashford And Sanchez/Lukaku and play Pogba and Fred in the half spaces behind them. Matic and Herrera to hold and push the full backs on. Without Lingard and Martial we have no pace so need to play with more structure.

    --------Sanchez---Rashford

    ------Pogba-----------Fred

    Shaw--Matic-----Herrera----Dalot
  4. Feb 13, 2019 at 13:03
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    It's a shame as i'm sure we will be doing the diamond 442 counter attack that suited us so well im the away matches recently. Lingard/Martial are pretty important in that.

    Saying that though Lukaku/Sanchez managed OK at Arsenal, so perhaps we can do the same.

    Lukaku/Sanchez/Rashford with Sanchez in the centre.
  5. Feb 13, 2019 at 13:04
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    Lukaku-Rashford-Alexis vs Chelsea? Probably the same vs Pool.

    Mata shouldn't even be in the conversation. I'd rather see a kid on the bench than him.

    Could try a diamond:

    Matic
    Herrera - Fred
    Pogba
    Rashford - Alexis​
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    Ødegaard formerly MrEriksen Scout

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    I would go with:
    Rashford - Lukaku - Chong

    Unless Chong can play on the left, then I'd go:
    Chong - Rashford - Lukaku

    Mata & Sanchez are both just wasted space at the moment, and if either of them should play it's Sanchez because he actually sticks to his side and works hard so he wouldn't be a liability for our defense at the very least. Hell, I want to see Greenwood get time in the first team before those two, or Fred to be played as a wide-midfielder rather than having either of them in the team.
  7. Feb 13, 2019 at 13:06
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    Yorkeontop Full Member

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    The lack of fitness from José's regime has caught up with us I think considering our improved intensity but it's probably just the seasonal fitness travails we seem to suffer more than most and had LVG looking for solutions.
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    Good chance we’d see one of Greenwood or Chong on the bench a bit more often.
  9. Feb 13, 2019 at 13:06
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    Sir Scott McToMinay Full Member

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    Have to give Greenwood a chance now.

    Sanchez shouldn’t be in the squad, might as well play the tea lady, would literally be the same.
    Mata isn’t much better himself.
  10. Feb 13, 2019 at 13:07
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    Choosing between Mata Lukaku Sanchez and Fred...It's like having to choose between drowning in piss or drowning in vomit.

    I'd go for Lukaku and Chong with Greenwood brought in to the squad.
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    A fluid front three of Sanchez - Lukaku - Rashford
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    For those in the know, do we have anyone in the youth teams that might be worth giving a go as wide attackers?

    I know there’s Chong and Gomes. Anyone else?

    I would genuinely rather see some youth players given a go than Alexis/Mata.
  13. Feb 13, 2019 at 13:08
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    Would like to see this but with Lukaku on the right and Rashford on the left.
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    I' go one up top and fortify the midfield. Mata is an ineffective as ever. Sanchez is useless and Lukaku, well, certainly not someone I'd trust.

    What I think we'll do is:

    Rashford-----Lukaku-----Mata

    We'll lose a lot of attacking edge and impetuous like this, I fear.
  15. Feb 13, 2019 at 13:08
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    Strong chance we'll see him involved in the games against Palace and Southampton.
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    It would be brutally unfair and potentially psychologically damaging to throw youngsters in now.
  17. Feb 13, 2019 at 13:10
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    I don't think diamond is the way to go especially against Chelsea. Their fullbacks can be quite easily exploited. Problem is we don't have any wingers... Whatever we do just please please please no Mata in RW, I would rather we play Young here.
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    Knock wingers on the head and go with

    Rashford Lukaku
    Sanchez

    This means Sanchez can have a chance playing down the middle as a 10/fasle 9, with Lukaku playing side on, as opposed to with his back to goal.

    I would also try this against PSG in the second leg, with Fred in the 'Pogba' position.
  19. Feb 13, 2019 at 17:58
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    The injuries don't look great. Hopefully just a twinge, at least in Martial's case who played on for a while.

    Annoying they probably can't play against Chelsea, but hopefully be back for Liverpool.

    Don't know what to suggest in the meantime. Mata is poo at our current game, which relies on quickly attacking (how it should be imo).
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    If they're both injured we have no options.

    Greenwood and Rashford up front, load the midfield, pray.

    Playing Lukaku and Mata and/or Sanchez is the same as conceding defeat before a ball is kicked.
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    We should have open tryouts
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    Wingers can still be exploited by the movement of our strikers as we saw with Rashford for the goal vs Spurs and Lukaku vs Arsenal.

    The both were in cheating spaces which allowed them to counter effectively and exploit wide areas.
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    I think we should go diamond until one of them is back.
    Mata​
    Lukaku Rashford​
  24. Feb 13, 2019 at 18:22
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    Realistically though yes our best bet is to play Mata in the middle with Rashford coming on from the left and Lukaku in from the right.
  25. Feb 13, 2019 at 18:28
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    If both are injured, bin the quick counter attacking plan. We don't have the players. We will get killed if we keep trying that.
    Play a more possession based game and try to play through the middle. It might be boring, but pragmatism is the need of the hour.

    Put Mata behind Lukaku Rashford and see how it goes. Just don't play Mata in RW and expect things to happen.
  26. Feb 13, 2019 at 18:32
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    How on Earth is that a 4-4-2???

    What will probably happen is Lukaku will come back into the starting 11 with Sanchez on the left and Rashford on the right.
  27. Feb 13, 2019 at 18:35
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    Or it could be the making of them. Rashford was chucked in to a European tie where we were under pressure (the opposition were rubbish but we still lost to them, and we were a much worse team then than now), then a game against top 4 rivals which we were expected to lose.
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    Martial carried on and continued to play the first half yesterday, so hopefully it is not that serious! Otherwise Sanchez and Mata have to step up.
    Sanchez must realize if he wants to be here the next few games will decide his future with us, hopefully he is aware of that because he seems to me like someone who doesn't give a shit.
  29. Feb 13, 2019 at 18:36
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    Not a bad option. I reckon Ole will opt for a 4-4-2 / 4-3-3 / 4-3-1-2 lineup with Lakaku and Rashford up front.

    Rashford Lakaku
    Pogba​
    Fred Matic Herrera
    Shaw Bailly Lindelöf Young
  30. Feb 13, 2019 at 18:37
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    Have i just been in a coma for a year and missed this Chong play out of this world for the last few months in the first team?
  31. Feb 13, 2019 at 18:38
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    Bring in Fred to take Pogba's current role and put Pogba in the #10 spot behind Rashford and Lukaku. No use playing with wingers that don't provide width (Mata & Sanchez). Have Rashford drift left and Lukaku to the right. Bring in Chong, Gomes and Greenwood and give them 15 - 20 minutes to try and work them in. I love Mata but unfortunately he doesn't add anything at this point and as for Sanchez it time to move on.
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    We need to introduce someone like Greenwood, Rashford cant be our only forward with pace, Sanchez and Mata are snails.
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    Nope. I just want to give him a chance as opposed to waste more time with Sanchez or Mata. That is all, I don't expect him to play like a world beater at all.

    That would be valid for me as well, although obviously just as a short-term solution until Martial is back.
    Pack the midfield and use runners in hopes of getting something out on the wings to stretch play.
  34. Feb 13, 2019 at 18:46
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    Sanchez - Rashford - lukaku is probably the strongest option with what we have got. If we're winning well (we can hope) Chong or Greenwood could be given 10-15 mins. We need to try new things as Sanchez Lukaku and Mata are not going to be any good in the way we are playing long term.
  35. Feb 13, 2019 at 18:48
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    Ditch wingers entirely. 4-3-3 isn't viable solution anymore.

    DDG
    Young Lindelof Bailly Dallot
    Herrera Fred Matic
    Pogba
    Lukaku/Greenwood Rashford
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  36. Feb 13, 2019 at 18:49
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    Sanchez, lukaku, rashford

    As someone has said, mata should not be considered. I walk faster than he runs and he does not suit the way ole is trying to play
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    This is what I'm hoping too.
    Liverpool is the game we need him the most for, hopefully 2 weeks gets him back.

    Lingard seems worse, judging it against him going off quicker.
  38. Feb 13, 2019 at 18:50
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    So no official news yet?
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    Mata shouldn't be starting.
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    Didn’t do Rashford much harm