Manchester United vs Middlesbrough: Three players who must start

by Tanveer Arayan


Jose Mourinho’s men can extend their winning run to six games and round off 2016 in style against Middlesbrough on New Year’s eve.

Middlesbrough, whilst unavoidably solid at the back, manage a goal every 101 minutes in the league so far, and haven’t won an away game since August. The home side will be clear favourites.

With that in mind, here are three players Mourinho must start on Saturday.

Ander Herrera 

The Spaniard has quicky morphed into an indispensable midfield asset under Mourinho. His role is simple: cover as much ground as possible, winning tackles, moving things forward and making interceptions. Indeed, Herrera has more interceptions (49) than any other player in the Premier League this season – a clear illustration of his importance to this Manchester United side.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 

With 11 goals in his last ten games, Zlatan is simply undroppable. The Swede has recovered from an eight game barren spell in characteristically emphatic fashion, and now bears the look of a man intent on complete domination, like a gigantic Swedish war king landing on English soil for the first time.

Two goals on Saturday would see the Swede become 2016’s top goalscorer – just in case he needed any extra incentive.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Mkhitaryan only needed 30 minutes on Boxing Day to dominate the headlines. The football world, four days on, still hasn’t stopped talking about that scorpion kick, and Man United fans will be desperate to see the Armenian feature from the start on Saturday.

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