Manchester United take on Arsenal at Old Trafford this weekend, in a game that the Red Devils desperately need to pick up all three points in.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs a pressure-reliever, though mounting injuries definitely aren’t helping the situation at all.
That’s why the modern-day game is more about having a squad than a regular starting line-up, though the Baby Faced Assassin chose to thin that out over the summer.
With Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford struggling with injuries, the pressure could fall on Mason Greenwood’s young shoulders. After scoring in consecutive starts, the fans assumed it was a given that he’d get the nod to lead the line against The Gunners.
However, during his pre-match press conference, Solskjaer explained that Greenwood may not start against Arsenal as he cant ‘just throw him in at the deep end’ before adding that ‘he’ll think about it’…
“Against Astana and Rochdale, he’s shown when you get him in the box he’s dangerous. When you’re not 18 yet and you keep trusting yourself, he gets the chances, so I’m not worried about him at all.” Solskjaer is quoted as saying by @ManUtd.com.
Then, Solskjaer went on to add:
“We can’t just throw him in at the deep end all the time, but he’s proved in those games he’s ready for it. I’ll have the weekend to think about [whether he’s ready to start in the league].”
At this stage, I’m just not sure Solskjaer has any other option. If both Rashford and Martial don’t make it, who else can lead the line? Daniel James is a winger, Jesse Lingard’s not good enough while Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku find themselves in Milan…
I get that United want to protect the young man, but he’s the best option they have at this stage. Who knows, the last time a 17-year-old kid made his first big start against Arsenal scored twice – and Rashford turned out to be pretty decent, eh?