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Debuts expected? Manchester United predicted XI to face Arsenal (Premier League)



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Manchester United will face Arsenal in game week four of the 2023/24 Premier League season under Erik ten Hag.

It will be the second trip in two weeks that Manchester United will take to North London, having lost 2-0 to Tottenham Hotspur in August.

Erik ten Hag will be hoping to make amends for the loss and will need to field a different XI due to injury.

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One thing that won’t change is the goalkeeper – André Onana will almost certainly start in goal at the Emirates Stadium.

The back line is where things change. It was confirmed earlier this week that Raphaël Varane will be out for around a month through injury, and will therefore be replaced by Victor Lindelöf next to Lisandro Martínez.

There has been debate as to who replaced the injured Luke Shaw at left-back, and although the club have signed Sergio Reguilón as cover, it may be too early for him to start, leaving Diogo Dalot as the only left-back option.

With this, it is then natural to assume that Aaron Wan-Bissaka will continue at right-back.

In midfield, with Mason Mount injured, Ten Hag will likely have to field Christian Eriksen once again after he scored the first of United’s three goals against Nottingham Forest.

Filling in beside him will no doubt be the other two goal scorers from last week’s Old Trafford victory in Bruno Fernandes and Casemiro – new signing Sofyan Amrabat is unavailable as he was not registered in time.

Up front, there is a huge question that is yet to be answered: Will Rasmus Højlund start?

Højlund has been training with the squad for over a week as he recovers from a back problem that has kept him out of United’s first three games of the season, but Ten Hag confirmed on Friday afternoon that he is fit to play.

Despite this, it is the more plausible scenario that Højlund is from the bench on Sunday but is likely to then come on in the second half for his debut where he will become the latest in a line of famous players to don the No. 11 shirt for the club.

With that in mind, Anthony Martial could start as striker for the second game in a row, with Marcus Rashford and Antony operating the left and right-hand sides, respectively.

Full predicted XI:

Onana, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Martínez, Dalot, Casemiro, Eriksen, Fernandes. Antony, Martial, Rashford.