Beyond Rashford: United Explores Unexpected Options Up Front

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is set to throw a curveball at fans with a surprising tactical change following the injury to key striker Rasmus Hojlund.

Hojlund’s absence due to a muscle strain has thrown a wrench into Ten Hag’s plans, leaving a gaping hole in the center of the attack. Many anticipated Marcus Rashford would be the natural choice to fill the void, but reports suggest otherwise.

According to The Athletic, Ten Hag has opted for a bold approach, training Rashford, Alejandro Garnacho, and young academy star Omari Forson as a front three in preparation for the upcoming clash against Fulham. This unexpected selection throws Rashford back to his familiar left-wing position, a surprise move considering many expected him to be deployed as a central striker.

This development highlights Ten Hag’s trust in the youth academy, as he prepares to potentially hand Forson his first Premier League start. The 19-year-old could follow in the footsteps of Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo, who have impressed after breaking into the first team recently.

A strong performance against Fulham could be pivotal for Forson, potentially cementing his place as a key option in the first team squad, especially with Anthony Martial’s ongoing injury woes. While Amad Diallo and Antony remain options, Forson’s potential inclusion adds an exciting layer to United’s attacking strategy.

Written by Owen Sanders

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