Manchester United look set to be without ten players for their meeting with Crystal Palace on Wednesday.
The player are as follows: Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard, Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford.
Although, there are chances Rashford may recover in time, but it feels unlikely and no one can rely on that.
And so, it seems rather inevitable that the Red Devils team that will be lined up by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be decidely makeshift and, as a result, nowhere near as potent going forward.
Solskjaer faces the big task often faced by every manager of fundamentally changing his lineup out of necessity.
The use of a midfield diamond feels necessary with so many wide attacking players out, and would seemingly play to the strengths of the above XI.
Against Chelsea, with United pressing hard, the diamond gave them influence in key areas across the final third, allowing them to overload particular areas and exploit the gaps left by defenders.
Against Liverpool, with players dropping like flies, it provided United with a firm defensive structure.
You can only hope that a mixture of the two – useful possession in key areas mixed with a measure of stability – will be enough to claim three points against Roy Hodgson’s side.