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Three ways Man Utd could line up without Antony and Jadon Sancho

Ryan Smart

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Three ways Man Utd could line up without Antony and Jadon Sancho

Manchester United's attacking lineup will look different this weekend when they take on Brighton at Old Trafford, with both Antony and Jadon Sancho potentially not involved.

Sancho was not named in United's matchday squad to take on Arsenal earlier this month, with manager Erik ten Hag claiming he produced subpar performances in training.

But the England international publicly disputed Ten Hag's version of events in a social media post, with reports claiming the pair will hold 'clear the air talks' over the situation.

Antony, meanwhile, is taking a 'period of absence' from United, a decision agreed between club and player, in order to address allegations of domestic violence made against him by his ex-girlfriend.

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Police in England and Brazil are investigating the allegations made, which Antony has repeatedly denied in multiple statements.

But with both players potentially not available this weekend, here are three ways United can line up.

1) 4-2-3-1 with Bruno Fernandes RW

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One possible switch for Ten Hag - and probably the likeliest - would be to move captain Bruno Fernandes out to the right wing to replace Antony, who started against Arsenal.

In the central attacking midfield role, United could bring Mason Mount straight back into the XI if he recovers from a hamstring injury in time, which would free him up from most of his defensive responsibilites.

If Mount isn't back in time, Ten Hag could play Alejandro Garnacho there instead.

Potential Man Utd lineup vs Brighton (Credit: Lineup-builder)
Potential Man Utd lineup vs Brighton (Credit: Lineup-builder)
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2) 4-3-3 with Mason Mount at RW

Meanwhile, Ten Hag could decide to give Mount the right-sided role as part of an attacking three - a position he often played while at Chelsea.

Fernandes could, therefore, fit in as part of a midfield three alongside Casemiro and Christian Eriksen - but new signing Sofyan Amrabat could also come into contention if fully fit.

Potential Man Utd lineup vs Brighton (Credit: Lineup-builder)
Potential Man Utd lineup vs Brighton (Credit: Lineup-builder)
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3) Wonderkid gets chance, new formation trialled

A more wildcard option for Ten Hag could be to give Facundo Pellistri a chance on the right side of attack.

The 21-year-old Uruguay international has impressed his manager in training, but has never made a competitive start for United since arriving in 2020. Saturday could be his chance.

Elsewhere, Ten Hag could switch to a three-defender formation, which would be dependent on Lisandro Martinez being fit, but could result in a debut for new signing Sergio Reguilon.

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Potential Man Utd lineup vs Brighton (Credit: Lineup-builder)
Potential Man Utd lineup vs Brighton (Credit: Lineup-builder)

United take on Brighton at 3pm on Saturday at Old Trafford, with Ten Hag having a big decision to make when it comes to naming his starting XI.

Featured Image Credit: Getty / Lineup-builder

Topics: Manchester United, Brighton And Hove Albion, Premier League, Jadon Sancho, Antony

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