Jesse Lingard believes that even without half their squad, United still have enough in their ranks to beat Arsenal on Sunday.

Ok then.

Coming off the back of a 5-1 win against FC Midjtylland in the Europa League, some in the United camp have, perhaps, been getting a little carried away with themselves.

The match against Arsenal will be a completely different proposition to their Europa League game and while they might take solace in having a great record against the Gunners at Old Trafford, those were very different times under very different circumstances.

Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard (L) reacts as Hungarian referee Istvan Vad (R) produces a yellow card for him during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFF
Diving practice for Sunday (OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

“Our mindset is right and we’re focused on the next game, which is Arsenal,” said Lingard.

“The club is working hard behind the scenes to get the players fit but we’re not going to rush anyone back – we need everyone at 100 per cent. But I think we’ll have a strong enough squad against Arsenal to beat them.

“I speak to Danny [Welbeck] quite often,” Lingard continued.

“He’s doing well – he scored the winning goal last week [against Leicester] but hopefully he won’t score against us!”

United welcomed back Marcus Rojo this week but they are without a host of other players including, but not limited to, Rooney, Smalling(?), Martial(?), De Gea (?) Young, Shaw, Valencia, Schweinsteiger, Borthwick-Jackson, and Fellaini.

(?) = doubtful

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