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Man Utd can unleash “monster” in new function to ease Martinez harm blow

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The probabilities of Manchester United now sneaking into the highest 4 and securing a Champions League spot now appears extraordinarily unlikely.

Final weekend’s recreation in opposition to Brentford was the right alternative to construct some momentum going into the ultimate levels of the marketing campaign, however a last-minute equaliser spoiled the get together.

The strain is ever-increasing on Erik ten Hag, together with his place underneath intense scrutiny, and the latest harm to arguably his most interesting centre again, Lisandro Martinez, has most positively arrived on the fallacious time.

The Argentine is about to overlook as much as a month of motion because of a calf harm, simply days after getting back from a knee harm that had saved him out for practically two months.

Nonetheless, with that latest information in thoughts, let’s check out three choices Ten Hag might substitute the World Cup-winning defender with…

1

The Apparent Choice

Harry Maguire

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The Dutch boss can have feared the worst when Harry Maguire was compelled off early in opposition to Brazil for England, however fortunately, his harm is already up to now.

United’s former captain was match sufficient to function on the bench in opposition to the Bees, and at half-time, he was known as upon after Raphael Varane picked up a knock.

Because of the accidents at centre half, it’s all however assured that Maguire might be concerned within the beginning lineup, which is a big increase for United.

Within the former Leicester Metropolis man’s most up-to-date begin in opposition to Fulham, he had considered one of his greatest performances of the season, scoring, making two key passes, and making 5 clearances.

2

The Tactical Tweak

Casemiro

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That is arguably essentially the most unlikely possibility out of the three, however beginning Casemiro at centre half is definitely an concept that Ten Hag has toyed with up to now.

Final season, throughout United’s EFL Cup conflict in opposition to Burnley, the defensive midfielder by commerce was fielded alongside Victor Lindelof on the coronary heart of the again line, the place he impressed.

Casemiro vs Burnley

Stats

Casemiro

Clearances

4

Blocked Photographs

2

Touches

125

Passes accomplished

90

Duels received

3/4

Through Sofascore

Though the Crimson Devils dominated the sport and the possession statistics, the one-time Actual Madrid man starred each on the ball and off it, as you possibly can see displayed within the desk above.

Nonetheless, the Brazilian has struggled at occasions this season in midfield – notably being dribbled previous 2.2 occasions per recreation within the league – and the tactical tweak of placing him at centre-back might see him return to the “monster” he as soon as was, as dubbed by journalist Muhammad Butt.

3

The Wildcard Choice

Willy Kambwala

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The ultimate possibility that Ten Hag might utilise is the younger Willy Kambwala, who has been closely concerned within the first-team squad this marketing campaign.

Though the academy defender is just 19 years previous, he’s already been handed 4 Premier League appearances, even making his first begin in opposition to West Ham United earlier this season.

Kambwala is a dynamic defender who’s snug on the ball, as proven by his 95 touches and 90% accuracy on his debut, however his lack of expertise will almost certainly hold him on the bench.

Nonetheless, if Ten Hag does resolve to belief the gifted Frenchman, then he might be surrounded by expertise, which might massively assist him by the tie.

Both approach, all three choices are removed from very best contemplating the essential nature of this week’s conferences with each Chelsea and Liverpool, with Ten Hag left to rue dashing Martinez again into the fold.

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