4-2-3-1: Strongest possible lineup to defeat Burton Albion

Ross Houston
September 21, 2017

Scott McTominay wants to repay Manchester United's faith and patience by making a first-team impact like fellow late developers Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard. Maybe, maybe we would be fresher for European competition for example.

As for the matches played by Burton Albion, it's not good to call them successful.

"I gave two days off only to four players", Mourinho told Manchester United's official website.

Jose Mourinho picked a strong side, featuring the mouth-watering front three of Martial, Rashford and Jesse Lingard. We controlled most of the game and they had a few chances but we put the game to bed in the second half and it was a pleasing night.


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Mourinho's honesty came on the back of the admission by Spurs chief Mauricio Pochettino that neither domestic cup was a priority this season.

The fact Burton view the early weeks of the league season as more important than a trip to Old Trafford highlights the issues with a competition that Mourinho believes could be dispensable. Next in a seemingly endless medley of chances, Mata hit Ripley's left post, Matteo Darmian collected the loose ball and found Martial, but his volley ricocheted away.

"I think all of the signings that Mourinho has made have been very good". The Frenchman finally got his goal after Rashford freed him up with a delightful through ball.


Martial capped his fine display by finding the net in the 60th minute, before Burton grabbed a consolation through Lloyd Dyer with virtually the game's last kick.

It was a cruel deflection that beat the Burton goalkeeper but there was excellent work from Anthony Martial in the build-up as he shown some excellent trickery to make some space in the final third. On the eve of this fight, Manchester United defeated Everton - 4: 0. "I wanted to leave him on to give him 90 minutes and overall I think it was an ideal game for him to gain confidence and fitness", Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.

Midfielder Jack Wilshere played a full 90 minutes for Arsenal for the first time in three years while Alexis Sanchez started and set up Walcott's victor.

Lingard moved into the box, and unleashed a shot which was heading in if it wasn't for a good block by Burton Albion defender Tom Naylor.


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