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Martin Keown tips Solskjaer to drop Man Utd star for Liverpool clash

Martin Keown believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘probably’ needs to drop Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani for this weekend’s clash with Premier League title rivals Liverpool.

Uruguay legend Cavani has scored four goals in 15 appearances for United since joining the club as a free agent last summer.

The 33-year-old started Tuesday’s 1-0 victory over Burnley – which saw Manchester United go top of the Premier League – but Keown reckons he may have to ‘sit out’ of Sunday’s trip to Anfield.

Solskjaer has often turned to Fred and Scott McTominay in important fixtures this season and that may means Pogba is handed a more advanced role and one of the front-three miss out.

Arsenal legend Keown told BBC Sport: ‘The thing is, someone is going to need to sit out.

‘I think probably Cavani, who I love because he’s an out and out centre forward, will have to sit this one out. That allows Pogba to come in.

‘They like to have Fred and McTominay because that makes them tough to beat. Does Pogba play deep? On the wing? Where does he fit in? He’s been outstanding so it’s a nice dilemma for the manager to have.

‘I prefer him higher up the pitch but then you’ve got Bruno Fernandes. It’s about fitting them both in, but then you have Rashford and Martial as well.

‘Rashford played on the right last time out and wasn’t really effective so you’d imagine he would go to the left.

‘That means Martial goes to the middle and Cavani probably sits out because of the pace he [Martial] gives them and that’s the weakness for Liverpool at the moment.’

Liverpool struggled over the festive period – failing to win three straight matches – and club legend Mark Lawrenson expects Manchester United to nick a point at Anfield.

He told BBC: ‘United have got momentum and will pose a number of problems for Liverpool’s defence because of their pace up front and the guile and passing of Bruno Fernandes.

‘Liverpool are going through an indifferent spell, but they have not suddenly become a bad side. They will create chances, too. They just need to take them this time.

‘Liverpool’s home form is obviously hugely impressive – they have not lost at Anfield in the league since April 2017 – and so is United’s unbeaten away record this season.

‘I am going for a 1-1 draw, which would keep both of those runs going.’

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