Manchester United vs Sampdoria: Potential XI with Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku up front

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho used three at the back for the second half against Valerenga last weekend and, while the Norwegian side were indeed awful, Manchester United ran riot.

Both Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Demetri Mitchell looked promising as wings backs and Scott McTominay pulled the strings in wonderful fashion, claiming his first senior goal after 70 minutes.

Another notable aspect – something that could realistically replicate itself next season – was the damage inflicted by the striking duo of Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial.

Here is a potential XI for the clash against Sampdoria on Wednesday with Marcus Rashford taking Anthony Martial‘s place in a 3-5-2 set-up.

The bustling, energetic presence of both Lukaku and Martial was enough to unsettle Valerenga’s back four in Oslo. When the pair darted forward there was little the home side could do to track both of them, leaving McTominay and Andreas Pereira with plenty of space to exploit.

Using Marcus Rashford alongside the Belgian, therefore, could be a golden recipe. Not many back fours are used to going up against two up front these days, with the practice largely abandoned in Europe’s top five leagues, but deploying Henrikh Mkhitaryan behind the two could wreak absolute havoc and help to cement an efficient plan B ahead of next season.

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