Valencia gifted Arsenal their two goals, firstly leaving Nacho Monreal for their opener before producing an awful backpass which Danny Welbeck capitalised on to score the winner.
Although Paddy McNair has also been used at right-back in the past few months, Valencia’s display could also force van Gaal to think about reinstating Rafael into the starting XI. With this in mind, we asked fans who they would like to see start at right-back against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday:
@PeoplesPerson_ Rafael no brainer
— Cameron Lord (@cameron_lord) March 11, 2015
@peoplesperson_ Rafael. This is'nt even an argument.
— Saurabh MUFC (@Saurabh1999) March 11, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Rafael, I think we’ve missed him. His energy and willingness to get forward, better crosser too!
— Maz Yung (@MazYung) March 11, 2015
— Seán Webb (@seanwebb87) March 11, 2015
— Martin Maclean (@Martsmac) March 11, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Rafael. No question and even more so after watching him play last night.
— Charlie (@footballgirl732) March 11, 2015
— Si George (@Si_G87) March 11, 2015
Plenty of fans would like to see Rafael against Spurs but there were a few other shouts too…
@PeoplesPerson_ Gary Neville.
— Gav (@Gavarito) March 11, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Rooney. Because the absence of a good player automatically means Rooney plays that position.
— Arjun Rao (@LaultyFogic) March 11, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Valdes could do a job
— kp (@_regista) March 11, 2015
Regardless of who plays against Spurs, it is unlikely that United will defend much better than they have in recent weeks.
Arsenal could have easily had a couple more goals on Monday but there were denied only by the brilliance of David de Gea. United are rumoured to be looking for defensive reinforcements and have been linked with right-backs Dani Alves and Danilo.