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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is starting to find a winning formula at Old Trafford. Arsenal were the latest team to be beaten by the Red Devils, who are now just three points behind the Gunners – who remain top of the Premier League table. However, the victory isn’t good news for every player at the club given how it’ll impact their chances of regular game time…

Manchester United went into the game against Arsenal high on confidence after recent victories over Leicester, Southampton and Liverpool.

And they made it four wins in a row with a hard-fought victory over Mikel Arteta’s side.

Antony scored in the 35th minute, with the Brazil international netting on his debut following his move from Ajax on transfer deadline day.

Arsenal levelled through Bukayo Saka, only for Marcus Rashford to then score twice in the closing stages to give his side the win.

It was yet another positive day for United.

But Express Sport will now take a look at six players whose chances of regular game time will be impacted in the aftermath of the result.

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka

There came a time when Aaron Wan-Bissaka was a first-team regular at United.

Yet those days are gone, with Diogo Dalot producing another fine display as the Red Devils battled their way to victory.

With Dalot now becoming more of a complete right-back – he’s always been better going forward than tracking back – it’s hard to see how Wan-Bissaka will break into the side again.

He’s likely to get game time but only in the cup competitions, with his team-mate now firmly above him in the pecking order.

Harry Maguire

Harry Maguire was introduced with nine minutes left to go.

Yet the England international picked up a yellow card mere seconds later and his lack of pace was clear for all to see.

Maguire, on his day, can be brilliant. But with Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez’s partnership going from strength to strength, there appears to be no room for him in Ten Hag’s first-choice starting XI.

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Victor Lindelof

Victor Lindelof has been unlucky so far this season, with injury issues preventing the Sweden international from making a single appearance so far.

But, like with Maguire, it’s hard to see him getting into the side at the expense of Martinez and Varane.

The little and large partnership is working for United – so why would Ten Hag change a winning formula?

It’ll be interesting to see if Lindelof is able to get game time. If he does, it may even mean Maguire becoming the club’s fourth-choice centre-back – despite being captain.

Luke Shaw

It took Ten Hag just one match in pre-season to decide he needed a new left-back.

And though Luke Shaw can be a key asset on his day, the England international’s lack of consistency has paved the way for Tyrell Malacia to shine.

The Netherlands international has enjoyed a positive start to life at Old Trafford and, what’s more, is a Ten Hag player through and through.

Shaw has now been benched for the club’s last four matches and it seems like he’s facing a fight to save his Old Trafford career.

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Donny van de Beek

At the start of the season, many were expecting Donny van de Beek to be a key player for United.

After all, he was a vital asset for Ten Hag during their time at Ajax together.

Yet though Van de Beek missed the contest with Arsenal through injury, he was left on the bench for all five of their previous fixtures.

Christian Eriksen and Scott McTominay are bang in form, as well as Bruno Fernandes. With Casemiro now at the club, and Fred a dependable figure, Van de Beek is facing a big battle to add to his four Premier League starts so far.

Anthony Elanga

Anthony Elanga is going to struggle to start regularly for United after the win over Arsenal.

Cristiano Ronaldo showed his class upon coming off the bench and, with Antony netting on his debut, the Sweden international is likely to stay down the pecking order.

United are yet to welcome back Anthony Martial from injury but, when that happens, Elanga’s place in the team will be even more uncertain.

A loan in January could, potentially, be on the cards as a result.

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Ten Hag praises win

Speaking after United beat Arsenal, Ten Hag praised his team for the way they started and finished the match.

“I thought our start was really good. I think it was the best [first] ten minutes until now,” he said.

“We were really dominant in the opponents’ half. And then the cancelled goal from a little break, we had a little bit of losing composure and that’s not necessary.

“We have to get in the game, keep going, play our game and every day we learn that. And as you saw, there was a good team on the pitch, good team spirit.

“Also with pressing, maybe not always the good routines, but they [the players] fought, they recovered. Arsenal created chances, but I think we also did, especially on the break. We scored great goals.”

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