Manchester United vs Swansea City: Three players who must start

by Leo Nieboer

The international break came at a good time for Manchester United, with players, fans and Jose Mourinho all suffering from defeat to Sevilla in a variety of ways, and they now have an opportunity to make a fresh start against Swansea City.

A win over Carlos Carvalhal’s men would restore Man United’s five point lead over Liverpool and a Chelsea defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at the same time would all but guarantee Mourinho’s side a place in next season’s Champions League.

The boss confirmed on Friday that Ashley Young, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo were all fit to play, adding that Sergio Romero and Daley Blind would be unavailable.

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

Romelu Lukaku

The 24-year-old took his season tally for club and country to 35 goals with a brace against Saudi Arabia over the international break. He has 12 goals from 15 appearances in 2018. In other words, Lukaku is bang in form and, crucially, growing in maturity with each passing game.

Perhaps the biggest compliment you can pay him is that a United side without Lukaku would look simply wrong at this moment in time.

Alexis Sanchez

Having admitted himself over the international break that he needs to do more, Sanchez now has a superb chance to finally assert himself at Old Trafford following a timid ten games.

Mourinho will need to give him a chance to occupy a role further up the pitch, receiving the ball on the edge of the box to fire away shots and pick out teammates. You just get the feeling that player of his talent – even without a pre-season – cannot stay down for too long.

Paul Pogba

The Frenchman produced the perfect response to his recent troubles at Old Trafford with a textbook midfield performance against Russia on Tuesday, marauding up the pitch with attacking intent and claiming a goal and an assist in the process.

There isn’t a United player supporters are craving to see perform well than Pogba and you can only hope Mourinho hands him the chance to express himself.

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