Manchester United will be without one of their key players for Sunday’s Premier League clash with Arsenal.
The Red Devils face a second game in the capital in just five days, following Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace which brought to an end United’s impressive winning run. There was an added disappointment in midweek with Casemiro picking up a fifth booking of the campaign, and he’ll therefore be suspended for the trip to the Emirates.
As a result, Christian Eriksen is likely to partner Fred in the middle, with Bruno Fernandes in a more advanced role. But Erik ten Hag has two other selection concerns ahead of the game, with doubts surrounding the fitness of Diogo Dalot and Anthony Martial.
The latter missed out in midweek, with Wout Weghorst starting in his pace up front. Martial, who had to be replaced at half-time in the win over Manchester City, remains a doubt for the trip to the capital.
Dalot’s fitness is also uncertain and he has sat out the last two through injury, although Aaron Wan-Bissaka has thrived in his absence and may start at the weekend even if the Portugal international is back. Jadon Sancho could make an unlikely comeback to the squad as well after he returned to training during the week.
Asked about th winger in the build up to the game, Ten Hag said: ““He is making the next step. It is true, yesterday [Tuesday] was his first day at team training but team training is the final day before the game. So we will extend that in the coming days, the coming week and go step by step.”
As for Arsenal, their only guaranteed absentee is Gabriel Jesus. He is not expected to be back for at least another month and Eddie Nketiah will likely continue to deputise up front. Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta will hope Cedric Soares and Mohamed Elneny are fit to be involved against United, but neither are expected to start even if available.
Reiss Nelson is another likely to miss out despite posting a video of him running on a treadmill earlier this week. Leandro Trossard could be another option if his transfer from Brighton & Hove Albion is completed in time.
Doubts: Soares, Elneny, Nelson (Arsenal); Dalot, Sancho, Martial (United)
Ruled out: Jesus (Arsenal); Tuanzebe, Casemiro, Van de Beek (United)