Should Pablo Fornals not be available this afternoon – and careful David Moyes seems to have been hinting in that direction – I would expect Said Benrahma to get the call as his replacement.
Despite Manu Lanzini having a very bright game when he arrived at Manchester United as a second half sub, the £25 million signing must surely soon see some real faith placed in him.
You don’t spend that sort of dough without given a player a real chance and that time may be upon us today.
Having seen his position made permanent at the club he can surely only suffer a confidence loss should the be ignored in favour of Lanzini today if that’s what it comes down to.
I choose between the two because there can surely be no place for Mark Noble in today’s team – that’s not on.
For me, Benrahma needs a goal – nothing more or less – and were he to manage it today against Arsenal, what a boost that could give him.
Moyes has made public comments about his goal scoring ability and what’s expectedbut all that will be forgotten should he get the chance today and although we have a couple of hours to wait this is the team I expect to start even should Fornals not pass a late test.
Fab, Coufal, Diop, Dawson, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek; Bowen, Lingard, Benrahma, Antonio.