Manchester United have three right wing solutions vs Brighton – Richard Fay

Erik ten Hag will be faced with somewhat of a selection headache just five matches into the new season with Antony currently out of action, while Jadon Sancho&aposs siutation is also unclear following his public disagreement with the manager.

We may get a clearer indication of who could play on the right side of the attack when the manager holds his latest press conference on Friday, with Ten Hag appearing to have three different solutions to the problem.

The most exciting might well be the most unlikely. Facundo Pellistri is one of the four right wingers signed in recent years, but has only started one competitive match during that time.

He would be the most natural fit for the forward line and bring the best balance with his directness and delivery, though it might also represent somewhat of a risk given how raw a talent he still is.

Pellistri would be deserving of a chance given he has made a positive impact in just about all 12 of his senior appearances, but the obvious caveat is that most of them have been from the bench and not from the beginning.

The only match he started was essentially a dead-rubber against Real Betis when United were all but assured of progressing to the next round of the Europa League and facing Brighton at home would certainly be a much tougher ask.

However, this is a 21-year-old who is already a full international for Uruguay and has played at a World Cup. He is good enough, and therefore old enough to get a chance from the start this weekend.

The most likely option still feels like it would be to repurpose an attacking midfielder there, just as we saw throughout last season. Bruno Fernandes made a number of appearances as a wide man, though many of them came during matches when they wanted to adopt a more defensive approach.

It makes some sense playing either Fernandes or Mason Mount on the right in matches against elite opponents when a midfield rethink is also required, but at home to most teams there will be an onus on United to attack instead.

Fernandes is United&aposs best creative outlet and the team should be built around him, rather than him being repurposed to fill in gaps, even if he would do an adequate job from it.

Instead, the most sensible option would be to select a player like Pellistri against Brighton this weekend, but then to use Fernandes or Mount in the wide role away against Bayern Munich next week.

It is on the wing where Mount could be at his best in a United shirt given his workrate and ability to win back the ball, so there could be a temptation to play him there this weekend if fit, in order to have him better prepared for the trip to Germany.

United&aposs other option would be to repurpose a left-sided attacker onto the right for a short fix, though that doesn&apost make too much sense given they all adopt an inverted approach that focuses on cutting inside to their stronger foot.

Marcus Rashford plays his best football on the left and shouldn&apost be sacrified to plug a gap elsewhere, but Alejandro Garnacho would be a candidate given he is unlikely to start matches otherwise.