When Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial began nine of the last 11 games of Manchester United last season it seemed that the club had an attack built around the years come.With Jadon Sancho priority for the club in the transfer window summer there was a lot to like about the way to face Ole Gunnar Solskjaer emerges in the future.
Oh, the excitement has dimmed in recent times. Sancho not sign and in front of three that stood after the season resumed in June have just appeared together this season and all have had trouble battle.Martial was sent-off against Tottenham and suspended for three games, Greenwood had his indiscretion in England duty and is not at his best this term, while the intensity of incessant work of Rashford (who has played in 25 of the 26 matches United since June 19) forced him out of the last England team with a shoulder injury.
In those 11 games that started trio with the end of last season he scored 14 goals, but so far this season have started together only twice in the win at Brighton in the Premier League after just 28 minutes against Tottenham before Martial he was fired .None of the trio scored in those games, but have 11 between them again this season, with Rashford claiming seven of them. There was even the sight of all three in the same act again against RB Leipzig, when Rashford came off the bench to score a hat-trick in the 5-0 win.
But Greenwood out of the side for the moment and Rashford struggling with injury, hopes to gather in the attack could extend beyond this weekend.That is not ideal for Solskjaer, who finds his options for the front three limited after the failure to land Sancho States this summer. Daniel James has continued to struggle for form and while Juan Mata began the brilliant season has struggled to maintain those levels and Basaksehir Istanbul against Everton.
Therefore, it could be that Solskjaer needs to deploy a new front three again when West Brom visit Old Trafford on Saturday night, and could well be that the attack States has a new spearhead.Edinson Cavani scored his first goal for the club in the win at Everton before the international break and kept that way with his goal number 51 for Uruguay on Friday in a 3-0 win in Colombia. The 33-year-old played 78 minutes in that game, another vital training in their quest to reach full pace of competition, and exceeding that against when it faces Brazil on Tuesday night.