Marcus Rashford needs to find the answer to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man United selection dilemma

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a selection dilemma at Man United but Marcus Rashord has the power to solve it. "I wonder whether this could a...

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a selection dilemma at Man United but Marcus Rashord has the power to solve it.


"I wonder whether this could actually be Manchester United’s Europa League final team. It wouldn’t surprise me," Gary Neville said on Sky Sports commentary duties when covering United's 1-1 draw with Fulham at Old Trafford last week.

Marcus Rashford was dropped to the bench for that clash against Fulham with Paul Pogba playing on the left side, and Neville didn't hesitate to propose that exact starting XI could be entrusted to clinch the Europa League trophy in Gdansk on Wednesday.

Rashford on the right doesn’t work and I think Pogba will play. I think Cavani will play up top, I think the midfield three is set," Neville added. "I’m nervous about Rashford being left out but I think Greenwood is better there than Rashford. The balance is better."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's actions suggest he might share Neville's sentiment, as the Norweigan has tinkered with United's personnel in recent weeks, unleashing Pogba further forward, while playing Fred and Scott McTominay in the double pivot in midfield.

It's clear that 4-2-3-1 is Solskjaer's preferred formation, but while Pogba has usually played in one of the deep-lying midfield roles, there's a feeling, that's reaffirmed by his performances, that the World Cup winner comes alive when in prominent positions.

So, if Solskjaer is adamant about playing Pogba in one of the wide areas, where does that leave Mason Greenwood and Rashford?

As Neville touched upon, it's the latter that seems the most likely to become a victim of this tactical change. Rashford has developed into a dynamic, tricky and deadly forward, but he's crucially seen to best effect on the left side and that's the key to the 23-year-old.

It seems incredible that Solskjaer could be entertaining the thought of dropping Rashford in the final, though, he's scored 21 goals and made 15 assists this term, having provided United with the spark they've craved in some of this season's biggest games.

Almost cut from the same cloth, Greenwood - although his long-term future seems to lie as a centre-forward, unlike Rashford - has also excelled on the wing, impressively hiding United's fragility on the right flank with his exceptional displays as the season ends.

When considering those factors, Neville could be right about Solskjaer's selection dilemma and Rashford could be dropped in the final to allow United to accommodate Pogba's new attacking role on the left, as naturally, Greenwood is simply better on the right.

However, there is hope for Rashford, because Fred's and McTominay's shortcomings have often been exposed, and so Solskjaer could rely on Pogba to move back into his unfavoured deeper position, which would allow Rashford to figure on the left side.

If that does happen, Rashford can't squander the opportunity in the Europa League final, his contribution is perhaps underrated, but he needs to show the United boss why that position is his own, he needs to prove - like he's done in that past - that he is undroppable.

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