As Manchester United prepares to host Arsenal on Sunday, Erik ten Hag has a few pleasant headaches.
The Red Devils take on their London rivals at Old Trafford, with both teams hoping to maintain their recent form. United have won their last three Premier League games, while Arsenal is the only team in the league with a perfect record after five games.
Mikel Arteta and co are unlikely to make any unnecessary changes from their victorious XI when they travel to Manchester, but Ten Hag can mix his group to meet their “difficult opponents.” Signing for £85 million The Red Devils formally confirmed Antony on transfer deadline day, and he has already practiced with his new teammates twice.
Cristiano Ronaldo is also in contention to start, having been utilized as a substitute in all three of United’s recent victories. Starting at the back, though, David de Gea should keep his place despite the addition of Martin Dubravka, also signed on deadline day.
The same can be said for the dependable back line of Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, newly crowned Player of the Month Lisandro Martinez, and Tyrell Malacia. They’ve all individually sparkled and contributed to their team’s two consecutive clean sheets on the road. Ten Hag might provide a debut to £60m new signing Casemiro, who has had to be patient so far, only appearing from the bench since joining from Real Madrid.
If selected, he’d most likely replace Scott McTominay, with midfield partner Christian Eriksen undeserving of being dropped. Bruno Fernandes, who has worn the captain’s armband since Harry Maguire was benched nearly three weeks ago, will be up ahead of him.