It has been a long time coming, but Manchester United could finally unleash Rasmus Hojlund today after his 72 million move in the summer window.
United&aposs lack of firepower has been plain to see in the first few matches of the season, and there is a real hope that Hojlund could be the missing piece of the jigsaw, though there is also an acknowledgment that he might need some time to settle first.
There is perhaps no better way to start his career than with an away match against Arsenal. If he fails to perform, it can be written off as too soon to judge him on his return from injury, while a star showing would justify the huge fee invested in him.
Erik ten Hag insisted Hojlund is not only match-fit but ready to start if required, and it seems certain we will see him at some point this afternoon. United have been crying out for a reliable centre forward for years. Today, we might discover if they finally have one or not.
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The only one left
United have a host of new signings coming through the door, and it will be fascinating to see which of those are involved against Arsenal this weekend.
Altay Bayindir will likely start on the bench behind Andre Onana, while Sofyan Amrabat might have to wait until after the international break before he is unleashed on the squad.
The most likely to start the match is Sergio Reguilon, with United still without the injured pair of Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia. It would be the ultimate acid test for the on-loan Tottenham full-back to start a game at the hostile home of their bitter rivals.
His performances over the next few weeks could define his entire spell at the club, so a strong debut would be the perfect start.
United might need to rely on divisive star
The midfield battle could well dictate the final result today, and it will be fascinating to see how Ten Hag copes without summer signing Mason Mount.
The 24-year-old looked like the ideal fit for big matches in which United don&apost expect to have much of the ball, but they will have to do without him following a recent injury.
Christian Eriksen was selected against Nottingham Forest last weekend, though he has struggled in the bigger matches, and it would be a sizeable risk to use him from the start.
Amrabat is not yet registered, so it could be down to Scott McTominay to come into the side, just two days after he looked like he could have left on deadline day.
McTominay remains a divisive figure at the club, but he is still highly-rated by Ten Hag and his skillset as a combative midfielder could be crucial against an Arsenal side that will look to dominate possession.
Another blow for Maguire
United&aposs worst results in recent seasons have tended to coincide with Raphael Varane&aposs absence from the team. It doesn&apost bode well that he&aposll be missing again for today&aposs trip.
It says a lot that Ten Hag has opted for Victor Lindelof as his centre-back replacement of choice twice already this season, and the Swede is the obvious choice to come into central defence today.
That is another blow to Harry Maguire, who, despite being a mainstay in the England side, is not even the third-choice option at club level anymore. Ten Hag insists the former captain still has a valuable role to play as part of the squad, but the harsh reality is he is no longer trusted in the biggest matches of the season.
Maguire might well still be needed from the bench himself if United look to hold onto a lead or need more physical presence in attack, which in itself is another reality check of his true value to this squad.
Worrying away record
Two weeks after their defeat at Tottenham, there is a real onus on United to put things right on their return trip to North London.
The away record against top-half teams has been abysmal since Ten Hag took charge, with United losing seven of their nine matches away at top-half sides last season, including thrashing&aposs by Liverpool and Man City.