It's clear Matic needs a rest for his injury, and I think there is no harm in resting Lukaku and boosting Rashford. I don't think those alterations weaken the team too much especially for a game against Newcastle. I want to make sure all the players are fit and top of their game for when the games start rolling in and CL starts
If Matic needs a rest play Herrera could possibly play Herrera Carrick Pogba as a 3 in midfield.
Based on the game at home we could probably get away with just Herrera & Pogba in midfield and play an extra attacker as they were really quite poor the only difference since then is I think Lascelles is fit again which improves them defensively and they now have Kennedy who gives them a player who can counter attack.
I just want us to pick 2 CB's and stick with them for a few games before the big one vs Sevilla at the end of the month I don't think Jones & Smalling is a good enough partnership, Rojo for excellant last season looked a real leader and authority figure at the back (when he wasn't 2 footing people) so if he's fully fit again I'd probably go with him and 1 other. I think Jones played himself out of the side for a bit with the way he played vs Spurs it's harsh but there's competition for places at Utd and you can have a bad game but you can't do that and expect to keep your place especially when the guy on the bench is just as good as you.
It's hard to tell he didn't look to be struggling vs Yeovil but I'd be putting him in as a one off game in a midfield 3 his legs should last the distance and Newcastle really don't have much in midfield so you'd hope he's ok. If he can't handle Newcastle away you have to wonder what's the point in him even carrying on this season because unles he's going to start playing U23 games he'll never get match fit. To be honest after last week I'd have no problem putting McTominay in again from the start probably put Herrera in the middle of the 3 and have Pogba & McTominay either side of him
Seems to be 433 with Lingard playing in midfield but Utd have started poorly and Pogba doesn’t look 100% fit isn’t his usual free flowing seems afraid to stretch or sprint and apparently left the warm up early.
Passing has been woeful giving it away very cheaply under any sort of pressure.