Man United’s makeshift defence vs Arsenal: midfielder Matic and three stars who’ve barely played

MANCHESTER UNITED go into tonight's clash at home to Arsenal with something of a worry… they have virtually no fit defenders.

Jose Mourinho will lead his squad out at Old Trafford hoping for a better result than the sub-par 2-2 draw with Southampton.

Man United’s makeshift defence vs Arsenal: midfielder Matic and three stars who’ve barely played6 Man United are set to line up against Arsenal with a botch-job of a back-four

However, he goes up against an Arsenal side buoyed by their North London derby win over Tottenham on Sunday, scoring four times in the process.

Worse still, United are set to line-up with Marcos Rojo, Nemanja Matic, Diogo Dalot and Matteo Darmian in a worryingly-weak looking defence.

Rojo has played just 90 minutes this season following injury, while youngster Dalot playing just 72 minutes.

Matic is set to be played out of position once again, having starting at centre-back for the 2-2 draw with lowly Saints.

Man United’s makeshift defence vs Arsenal: midfielder Matic and three stars who’ve barely playedAFP6 Jose Mourinho has a real problem with his entire defence injured or suspended
Man United’s makeshift defence vs Arsenal: midfielder Matic and three stars who’ve barely playedGetty6 Nemanja Matic may be drafted into the back-four again amidst the crisis

That makes Darmian the elder statesman of the back-four having played 180 minutes – just two games' worth – in defence for United this season.

But how have United got here?

Well, thanks to injuries and suspension, the Red Devils are without SEVEN defenders.

Victor Lindelof is definitely out with a groin injury, while Ashley Young will not play due to suspension.

Meanwhile, Antonio Valencia, Luke Shaw, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly are all serious doubts with their own knocks.

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