Manchester United will face Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday evening in the hope of picking up a win away from home. The Red Devils are coming off a 3-2 win over Norwich City, while the Liverpool Reds are coming off a thrilling 3-2 triumph over Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-finals.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been dubbed the problem at Manchester United this season, was very much the remedy when Norwich City came to town, responding to the Portuguese’s early double with Kieran Dowell‘s header and Teemu Pukki‘s near-post finish in front of a disgruntled Old Trafford crowd.
With 76 minutes on the clock, Ronaldo poised over a free-kick with his signature stance before unleashing a thunderous attempt into the net, earning his 60th career hat-trick and rescuing Man United’s bacon in the process.
Manchester United’s injury situation isn’t appearing ideal, as up to five players, including Luke Shaw, Raphael Varane, Scott McTominay, Fred, and Edinson Cavani, could miss the game against Liverpool, whileRonaldo will not feature due to the sad news that one of his young children has unfortunately passed away.
You can read a full breakdown of the team news here.
Rangnick confirmed in his pre-Norwich press conference that “Five players will still be missing for tomorrow, and probably some of them also for the upcoming games.
“You already mentioned Fred and Scott. Rapha Varane, Luke Shaw had his bolts and metal stuff removed from his leg and Edinson Cavani, those are the five that will be missing.
“Yeah, as it seems, he will be out for at least another four weeks, if not five weeks,” said Rangnick with regards to Shaw. “So I think for him it will be difficult to be available for one of the outstanding remaining seven games.”
The German coach, on the other hand, expressed hope about Varane’s return to the group for the trip to Anfield.
“I think probably with Raphael Varane he’s the one who can hopefully can back for at least one of the next two games against Liverpool or Arsenal,” he said. “With the others, I don’t see them coming back within the next couple of days.”
It would be safe to assume that Rangnick will start the game with his preferred 4-3-3 formation.
For the upcoming game, David de Gea is anticipated to start in goal. On Tuesday, amd the Spanish goalkeeper will seek to put in a solid showing and keep a clean sheet. He has been chosen as one of our Ones to Watch for this fixture.
Despite Aaron Wan-Bissaka having a good game against Everton, Dalot was the onw in the XI for the game against Norwich, and he is expected to retain that spot after a decent performance last time out.
With Luke Shaw expected to miss the rest of the season, Alex Telles will definitely be starting as the left-back.
As mentioned by Rangnick, Raphael Varane could be back ahead of this fixture and is expected to start at the heart of the defence alongside skipper Harry Maguire.
Despite featuring in a deeper position against Norwich, Paul Pogba is expected to play a more central role in the midfield starting alongside sure-shot starter Bruno Fernandes. Nemanja Matic is expected to start in the defensive midfield providing the much needed defensive stability against this dangerous Liverpool side.
To provide the much-needed pace in wider positions, Jadon Sancho and Anthony Elanga will likely start on the left and right wings respectively.
Up front, with the club confirming that Cristiano Ronaldo will not feature, Marcus Rashford will possibly be filling the gap, as options are otherwise limited in the striker department for now.
Manchester United: Predicted Line-Up
David De Gea;
Diogo Dalot, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelöf, Alex Telles;
Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Nemanja Matic;
Anthony Elanga, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho.