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Erik ten Hag must drop Man Utd star against Arsenal

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag must drop midfielder Christian Eriksen against Arsenal on Sunday following his underwhelming performance at Crystal Palace last night.

Ten Hag chose to start him alongside Kobbie Mainoo in the centre of the park against the Eagles, but the move backfired.

Eriksen failed to win any of his ground and aerial duels contested at Selhurst Park. He also lost possession on 15 occasions over 90 minutes with a passing accuracy of 82 percent.

By contrast, Kobbie Mainoo won eight duels and has a passing success rate of 94 percent. The club graduate lost possession on only seven occasions in the game.

Eriksen must be dropped from the starting XI when United host Arsenal at Old Trafford.

The former Inter Milan man has shown signs of regression this season and has not justified his selection in the starting line-up over recent weeks.

Bruno Fernandes missed the first senior game of his career with an ankle and wrist injury. The club captain was a huge miss yesterday. United lacked the cutting edge in the final third.

The fans will be hoping that he will be available to face the Gunners. If the Portuguese returns to action, Mount could play in a deeper number eight role, replacing Eriksen.

Alternatively, Sofyan Amrabat could partner Mainoo with Mount in the number 10 role. Amrabat won three duels last night and looked lively in his 30-minute performance.

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