Originally Posted by NiallF96
Fletch's back training and he's playing games with the U21/reserve team at the moment getting his match fitness back. I expect he'll return to the first team in the new year. He's been registered in United's CL squad though, so it's possible he'll return sooner maybe? I don't think they'd have registered him if there wasn't a chance he could make the last couple of group games. We'll see though. He completed 90 minutes for the reserves last week, so he must be getting close now.
I think Jones has played better in our midfield in the defensive role.
I haven't liked what I've seen of Fellainin playing there. Fellainin was actually effective when he came on in that advanced role against Arsenal, so maybe that's where he'd be best suited for us? Like I said though, not been impressed by him so far for us.
Cleverly is the logical choice to replace Carrick in our midfield alongside Jones, but Cleverly's not half the player Carrick is. He's not fulfilling his potential yet IMO.
You could argue a case for Shinji to play in place of Carrick for his passing ability, but that makes for a pretty lightweight midfield then.
Given that Cardiff is our next game, I think Jones and Cleverly in the middle should be sufficient to get the job done. Then we can reassess from there what's best for the next game.