Has Jose Mourinho already given a big hint about his team selection for Stoke City at the weekend?
Stoke are well known for their physicality and United fans have spent the international break discussing whether the side that has done so well so far this season is the right one to go and get three points at Stoke? Specifically are Juan Mata and Henrikh Mkhitaryan the right sort of players for a battle at Stoke?
With that in mind many United fans feel this is the ideal game to go with a three in midfield. Matic and Pogba are sure starters and paired with either Ander Herrera or Marouane Fellaini, United’s midfield suddenly looks far stronger and able to deal with anything Stoke want to throw at them. Couple this preference with Jose Mourinho’s comments about Mkhitaryan needing to prove himself against the top sides despite his great start to the season and is Mkhitaryan likely to be the fall guy at Stoke?
Whether it’s Mata or Mkhitaryan that drops out it only goes to prove the current strength in depth Mourinho possesses at United. Rashford and Martial vying for one spot on the left and with a midfield three Jose would have Mkhitaryan, Mata and Lingard competing for the spot on the right.
However United approach this game and whatever lineup Mourinho goes for, United will be strong favourites and if they come away with three points on Saturday evening there won’t be many United fans complaining about the formation or who started. It’s a long season ahead and Jose will be fully prepared to utilise his whole squad.