The Red Devils are expected in Tubize on Monday. Domenico Tedesco will announce his selection on Friday. He will have to come up with an alternative in one position, because Arthur Theate has played the last three league matches at Rennes… zero minutes.
In the Europa League he played a full match against Panathinaikos, but then he disappeared back to the bench. Theate was almost the only alternative at left back in Tedesco’s previous selection. Or it may be that the national coach also sees Olivier Deman evolving there, but he is more of a man for midfield.
These are not the only concerns Tedesco has. He is also anxiously awaiting the verdict for Jan Vertonghen. The record international has problems with his ankle again after the match against Cercle Brugge. The chance that he will get fit is small.
But anyway, the options at left back are limited. Maxime De Cuyper has also lost his starting place at Club Brugge to Bjorn Meijer.
Theate normally still plays as a central defender at Rennes, but has disappeared from the team. Journalist Sacha Tavolieri launched a tweet yesterday to defend him, but received a lot of response from supporters of the French team, who are apparently not fans of our compatriot.
The left back has never really been a problem under Roberto Martinez because he played with three at the back. And if he needed one, there was always Vertonghen and Vermaelen. The supply in Belgium at that position is also very thin. Time for the youth work of the clubs to put some more energy into it.