Manchester United’s best starting XI when everyone is fit is “not that bad”, according to former Tottenham striker Darren Bent.
United have been hampered by injury problems this season and are once again set to be without key players for the visit of rivals Liverpool on Sunday.
Goalkeeper David de Gea and midfielder Paul Pogba are both going to sit out of the Old Trafford clash.
United have had their worst start to a season for 30 years, sitting 12th after eight Premier League matches.
But Bent believes putting out a full strength side would make a big difference, although he was not convinced over who should play in midfield alongside Scott McTominay and Pogba when naming United’s best XI.
“If everyone was fit at Manchester United, you look at their squad and their initial XI, I don’t think it’s that bad,” Bent said on talkSPORT.
“I actually think it’s okay. If you go through the team, De Gea, goalkeeper, arguably one of the best goalkeepers in the world. You’d still rather have him in your team than not.
“Then you go [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka, they spent a lot of money [on him].
“Axel Tuanzebe, I rate him really highly, I think he’s going to be a fantastic centre-half.
“Harry Maguire, world-record fee on a defender, when he’s fit Luke Shaw, decent.
“Midfield, Pogba when he’s fully fit you’d have him in your team. McTominay has been sensational this season.
“Now is the problem, who’s the other one they play in there? [Jesse] Lingard, someone like that, that’s the problem area.
“Then you go the three up top: [Anthony] Martial, [Marcus] Rashford, Daniel James. That team on paper is not that bad.
“That team there should not be finishing anywhere near the bottom half of the table.
“What I’m saying is [Ole Gunnar Solskjaer] needs time first of all. Give him more time to get that team settled.
“He’s had injuries, he’s had this person, he’s had that person have to pull out.
“Give him time, give him time to work with that team, because that team is not that bad on paper.”
Man Utd’s best XI according to Darren Bent
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Tuanzebe, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Pogba, Lingard; Martial, Rashford James.