Midfield: Rice, McTominay, Fernandes
Even though United have switched to playing three at the back, that change of system could merely be temporary.
Because, should they sign Rice from West Ham in January, they’d be able to play more on the front foot.
The England international has been outstanding for the Hammers and it’s possible the Red Devils will test their stance on him when the transfer window reopens in the New Year.
Should they be able to sign Rice, who could cost as much as £100million, they’d likely deploy Scott McTominay alongside him.
And, playing ahead of the pair, would be the mercurial Bruno Fernandes.