Man Utd: Ten Hag could start £73k-a-week midfielder vs Brighton

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Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay is more likely to start than Christian Eriksen against Brighton, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.

McTominay has been a regular starter at Old Trafford for the last three seasons, but his place could be under threat following Eriksen’s arrival, although Jones expects him to get the nod over the Dane today.

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Fred and McTominay, who earns £73,000 per-week, have been United’s midfield partnership for the last couple of years, but Erik ten Hag now has options with Eriksen on board.

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But the Denmark international has missed the majority of pre-season, only making his first outing as a second half substitute against Atletico Madrid, before he played an hour against Rayo Vallecano 24 hours later.

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Meanwhile, McFred started the majority of United’s friendlies, including in the 1-0 defeat to Atletico, which looked on paper to be Ten Hag’s strongest team right now.

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Therefore, Jones expects McTominay to get the nod over Eriksen, who’s not played enough football to warrant a starting place just yet.

What did Jones say about Manchester United?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “I’ve got a feeling it might be McTominay that gets the start.

“Just judging by what we saw last weekend I’ve got a feeling the line up they used against Atletico will be their go to team right now, so I’m not sure Eriksen is ready to start.”

Do United have any other dilemmas?

As excited as Ten Hag will be to get started in the Premier League, he has several selection headaches ahead of Brighton’s trip to Old Trafford.

One of the main questions will be who starts at centre-back. Following Lisandro Martinez’s arrival, he now has four genuine options, with Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Raphael Varane fighting for just two starting spots.

Meanwhile, Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia are battling it out to win a place at left-back.

Moving forward, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Jadon Sancho all looked certain to be picked from the off, but Anthony Martial‘s injury leaves one attacking spot up for grabs.

The United boss has two options, either move Rashford centrally and start Anthony Elanga out wide, or bring Cristiano Ronaldo into the side and play him up front despite the forward expressing his desire to leave the club.

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