Manchester United are back in the Premier League against bitter rivals Leeds this Sunday.
For the first time this season, United had a midweek without a game.
That said, we should freshen up before our first league visit to Elland Road since their 2004 relegation.
Leeds will be well equipped for this game. You didn’t need extra motivation to get over it, but the Super League fiasco provided it anyway.
That means Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to make his team selection, and here’s a look at three decisions to consider …
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Is Dan James coming back?
James came as a shock to the team that faced Leeds in December.
Solskjaer gave him his first league start since October and it paid off as Leeds had no response to his pace throughout the game.
James has an added dimension to Leeds as he was so close to signing for them in January 2019.
Solskjaer could choose to play James here again. He was deployed on the right side of midfield in December and Leeds are currently playing against Gianni Alioski as a left-back – they need a new specialist in the position this summer.
The Welshman could harm Leeds again if he gets the nod.
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Is Solskjaer Rashford at Risk?
This question is tied to James’.
Perhaps Solskjaer could play the Welshman on the right and Paul Pogba on the left, releasing Marcus Rashford that afternoon to continue his injury recovery.
But Rashford’s searing pace could be an important weapon as Leeds is leaving space behind – and he now has a full week off to rest.
Pogba could play central, but Scott McTominay, Fred and Bruno Fernandes surpassed Leeds’ energetic midfield at Old Trafford and that’s not exactly the Frenchman’s game.
Solskjaer basically had to wonder if he should be pushing Rashford through the pain for most of the season and the answer was almost always “yes”.
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Greenwood or Cavani?
If James starts on the right and Solskjaer chooses between Rashford and Pogba on the left, Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani are left to fight for the center-forward.
Both have looked sharp lately, scoring in the 3-1 win over Tottenham and Burnley.
Solskjaer seems careful to manage Cavani carefully and the Uruguyan got off the bench against the Clarets.
With both Europa League semi-finals on either side of a clash with Liverpool, Solskjaer may still give the older statesman a break.
Choosing between two formidable strikers is a luxury for any manager and the truth is, no Solskjaer has had most of the season – as much as anything else because of an injury.
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