Monday 4 April 2016

Rooney, Rashford, Martial and more: Where United go from here

Anthony Martial is now United's top Premier League goal-getter this season with eight after netting the winner over Everton. 

The French forward has impressed from wide this season, but there are many United fans that still think he should be shifted from the left and into the middle.
His pace and trickery causes havoc from the wing, but he is much more dangerous centrally and requires people around him to get the best out of the 20-year-old. 

Wayne Rooney is due back from injury in the coming weeks following a lengthy lay-off, and on his return to the side he should be restored in a deeper playmaking role.

He wants to start as a number 10, but his vision and reading of the game is reminiscent of Paul Scholes and can prove to be beneficial to how United should play.

He can play the long passes that we've seen Morgan Schneiderlin do, but he can also play short and his tackling, defensive discipline and tenacity to win the ball back means he has the attributes of a deep-lying forward.

Since exploding on to the scene in late February with a brilliant brace against Midtjylland, Marcus Rashford has now started nine games in a row for United but there's a danger that he's going to get overplayed.

He is an incredible talent and I'm looking forward to the future, but he is a young lad and would benefit from being eased in.

He is doing well at the moment but playing every game can ruin the career of a young player so United need to be careful in their management of the 18-year-old.

It wasn't too long ago that Champions League qualification seemed improbable for the Reds, but an upturn in form- coupled with Manchester City's struggles- have put us above West Ham and only a point behind our cross-town rivals.

Louis van Gaal's side also have an FA Cup quarter-final replay with West Ham on the horizon, but the top four must be the priority.

Champions League football is essential for a club of United's size and stature, we have to play in that tournament and anything else has to be considered a failure.

Getting to Wembley would be great and long overdue but the match at Spurs is much more important than the West Ham quarter-final. 

United named an unchanged lineup from the side that won the derby, but with injury problems easing, Van Gaal will have choices and can rest some of his players.

He has not had that opportunity and has been forced to play in a certain way with the same players, but now has strength in depth and to utilise in the run-in. 

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