Most Manchester United supporters are against the idea of Alexis Sanchez or Romelu Lukaku returning to the starting XI against AFC Bournemouth on Sunday.
That said, a considerable number want to see how Alexis, at the expense of Jesse Lingard, operates under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s quicker, more aggressive style of play in the final third.
The same cannot be said for Romelu Lukaku, whose popularity among the fanbase has dwindled amid a terrible run of form during which the Belgian has scored just twice since mid-September.
Both players are in contention to play against Bournemouth, but Solskjaer made it clear in Friday’s press conference that the pair would need to earn their place back in the starting XI. We put it to the good people of Twitter to see whether they wanted either player to start.
Would you start Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez vs Bournemouth? pic.twitter.com/lKJnTyoIUF
— The Peoples Person (@PeoplesPerson_) December 28, 2018
Many like the idea of Alexis, freed from the shackling effect of Mourinho’s tactics, buzzing around the final third alongside Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. This is, without doubt, a truly tantalising prospect.
Martial on the left, rashford up top and alexis on the right
— ali hubballah (@alihubballah) December 28, 2018
Would start Alexis as a nine, Martial on the left and Mata on the right ….as a front 3
— Magemeso Hakiim (@magemeso_hakiim) December 28, 2018
— Louie Lambert (@louielambert) December 28, 2018
Attack – martial radhford Alexis
Midfield. – pogba. Matic. Herrera
Defense. – Shaw. Lindelof bailey dalot
— bernard twum (@bernard_twum) December 28, 2018
— bhanu rahul reddy (@bhanurahulreddy) December 28, 2018
Start Sanchez, Martial and Rashford
— Ziko 🇳🇬 (@TheOnlyZiko) December 28, 2018
There were others who took this question as an opportunity to bash Lukaku. His stock is at an all time low among many supporters and placing him in the starting XI at the expense of Rashford, having impressed so much against Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town, would be unjust.
Certainly wouldn't start the statue
— SteGo (@spgmcr) December 28, 2018
I’d start Lukaku’s car to get him to a medical at Everton
— 🇮🇪 Seán Webb ⚽️ (@seanwebb87) December 28, 2018
Bring in Sanchez in 2nd half for some minutes. Lukaku doesn’t deserve to start over Rashford
— Kevin Spiva (@KevinSpiva) December 28, 2018
Alexis, Rashford, Martial.
Lukaku still needs to cut down. He’s still injured in my eyes.
— ☈🇾🇪 (@UtdRobbo) December 28, 2018
Not lukaku lol we have been better off them https://t.co/fYjGzjmE4n
— Wasyy 🤤🤤 (@TaleOfWinter) December 28, 2018