Gary Neville expects permanent Man Utd change to team after Arsenal decision

Gary Neville believes Anthony Martial has a fight on his hands to earn his Manchester United place back from Edinson Cavani.

Martial was dropped for the clash at Arsenal having struggled in defeat to Sheffield United in midweek.

Summer signing Cavani returned to the line-up at the Emirates in place of Martial, who has just two Premier League goals this season.

Cavani offers a different option to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with Martial having a similar style to Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood.

And Neville believes Cavani will be picked over Martial in the future following the Norwegian’s decision.

On Sky Sports, Neville said: “The one change, and I think it’ll be a bit more of a permanent change in that best eleven, is Cavani will come in up top.

“I think he’s proved himself now over a month or so. He’s been knocking on the door, he’s been playing in the midweek games, he’s been coming on in some of the big games.

“But I think now he’s made that spot his own. I think he’ll start in all the big games going forward.

“He’s got Fred and McTominay in midfield, Paul Pogba gets pushed out to one of the wide areas, whether it’s left or right we don’t know.”

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Solskjaer insisted the changes he made weren’t due to the defeat to Sheffield United with Cavani’s inclusion one of five differences.

Solskjaer said: "It's not a reaction [to Wednesday's result]. Luke [Shaw] was rested, Victor [Lindelof] had a bad back on Wednesday and he's okay, and Edinson, sometimes you just need to give him a bit of respite.

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“And Scott [McTominay] and Fred are back in, so there should be fresh legs. It's a team we feel will cause Arsenal some trouble. We've got the mix between the pace and experience.

"The reaction when you lose a game is you always want to play again. And when you win you want to play again.

“It's not a shock that you lose a game in the Premier League – it's about how you react."

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