Jose Mourinho at a training session.

Assessing the options for United against Arsenal

Monday 03 December 2018 09:55

Jose Mourinho will make at least one change to the starting XI on Wednesday night when Manchester United host Arsenal at Old Trafford in the Premier League.

That’s because Ashley Young is suspended for the 20:00 GMT kick-off, after the England international received his fifth yellow card of the campaign in Saturday's 2-2 draw at Southampton, meaning he will now serve a one-match suspension. 

Portuguese prospect Diogo Dalot could take Young’s place at right-back against Arsenal, after making his Premier League debut as a substitute at St. Mary’s following a period of injury.   

Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the defence, it remains to be seen if Luke Shaw will be available after the left-back was replaced against his former club due to a suspected knock. 
Diogo Dalot could start against Arsenal after making his Premier League debut at Southampton.
In the centre, Victor Lindelof is unavailable with the injury that our latest Player of the Month suffered in the match against Crystal Palace on Saturday 24 November. Mourinho hopes the Swede can return at the end of this month.

Chris Smalling is a doubt after sitting out the match at Southampton, which Eric Bailly also missed out on. Phil Jones started the game and looks set to retain his place against Arsenal. 

Meanwhile, Alexis Sanchez will not face his former club after Mourinho confirmed the Chilean is unlikely to play again this year, with the injury that he suffered in training last Thursday. 

The boss has expressed his hope that Marcus Rashford will shake off a knock, after he was substituted as a precaution at the weekend.

“He was injured, he was asking to come off,” Jose said after the draw at Southampton. “Some players with that kind of injury do not play for two weeks. But Marcus, I am pretty sure he will be fine for the next one.”

Romelu Lukaku was also taken off in the 86th minute after appearing to fall awkwardly, but it is currently unclear whether the Belgian is injured.

United v Arsenal kicks off at 20:00 GMT on Wednesday and MUTV subscribers can watch 90 minutes of live build-up to the Premier League game from 18:30 GMT.

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