Manchester United face Dean Smith‘s Norwich on Saturday at Old Trafford, after a disappointing display from the Reds at Goodison Park last weekend.
United will be looking to bounce back following the 1-0 loss to Frank Lampard‘s Everton last time out, while Norwich come into the fixture having impressed in a 2-0 win over Sean Dyche‘s Burnley.
A win is vital for United, if they wish to stay in contention for a European place, though a shot at Champions League qualification seems ever unlikely.
Who’s in and out?
It’s more than safe to assume that David De Gea will retain his spot between the sticks, despite some doubts from sections of the fanbase about his sweeping and distribution.
While the full-back spots have long been insecure at United, with Rangnick mixing up the partnerships since he took over as interim.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka was the starter at Goodison last time out, with Diogo Dalot on the bench. The former put in a reasonably accomplished performance, and would be hard done by to lose his place.
Luke Shaw missed United’s trip to Goodison Park, following rumours that he had undergone a procedure to remove screws in his leg. It is believed that he will still be out for the game on Saturday, with some suggesting he faces a battle to play again for The Reds this season. Therefore, it seems likely Alex Telles will keep his starting spot in the side.
Skipper Harry Maguire‘s impressive availability will likely see him starting as usual, while his partner remains far from concrete, with Raphael Varane still a doubt following another injury problem. It’s currently safe to assume Victor Lindelöf will keep his place.
Fred limped off late in the first half last time out, and Rangnick has since confirmed that both him and Scott McTominay are unavalible for this weekend’s fixture.
That leaves the numbers thin in the middle of the park for United, with Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba the expected duo by default.
Bruno Fernandes ahead of them seems a given, with the Portuguese international a stalwart in the side.
The front three at United has been much changed in previous months, with the likes of Anthony Elanga and Marcus Rashford dipping in and out of the side due to patchy form. Rashford was poor at Goodison, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Elanga return to a starting spot come Saturday.
It’s expected that Jadon Sancho will retain his spot on the right, despite a lack of impact in previous weeks.
Cristiano Ronaldo seems to be the option by default to lead the line again, with the ever-absent Edinson Cavani not expected to return from his injury for another couple of weeks.
Manchester United: Predicted Line-Up
David De Gea;
Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Alex Telles;
Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic;
Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Elanga;