Manchester United have endured a rather difficult start to the campaign where they struggled to garner regular points and they come into Tuesday night’s Champions League game against Valencia having failed to win any of their previous three matches across all competitions. As a result, the pressure is right on Jose Mourinho’s head amid the vast criticism from the supporters and there is bound to be some change in terms of tactics and players for the team to return to winning ways.
Two things United should try out against Valencia:
Alexis Sanchez on the right wing: The Chilean has turned to be a huge disappointment since arriving from Arsenal last winter, having managed just three goals from 19 league appearances. Moreover, things turned from bad to worse for him last weekend after he was completely axed for the West Ham United game but we are anticipating him to return to the fray this weekend. Sanchez certainly does not have the luxury of a regular starting role anymore but as a neutral, I would personally prefer to see how he performs on the right wing rather than his preferred position on the left side of the attack. The Chilean has indeed previously featured for United in the role but this has largely come about from a position swap mid-game rather than from the off.
Another chance for Eric Bailly in defence: Bailly has often been regarded as the club’s most efficient defender but he has not had the best of starts to the current campaign. The Ivorian was a regular for most of pre-season as well as the opening two league games but he has not started a game since with Mourinho putting him largely at blame for the 3-2 defeat at the hands of Brighton & Hove Albion. Bailly has only managed two minutes from substitute appearances over the past month but the Valencia game could be ideal for him to return to the first XI with both Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof failing to impress in the recent League Cup and Premier League games respectively. Chris Smalling should certainly take up the other central defensive role after being the sole consistent performer at the heart of the backline.
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