Man United boss Ralf Rangnick’s XI to beat Atletico Madrid as five changes expected

Manchester United could make as many as five changes for tonight’s Champions League showdown with Atletico Madrid.

The Red Devils go into the game looking to book their place in the quarter-finals of the competition. So Idusport will now take a look at how Ralf Rangnick’s team are expected to line up.

Goalkeeper: De Gea

United suffered a Covid scare over the weekend when David De Gea appeared to test positive.

However, in the end, it was ultimately a false positive with the Spain international then starting their 3-2 win over Tottenham.

With De Gea fit and healthy, he’ll be starting between the sticks at Old Trafford.

That means Dean Henderson, who had been hoping to start against Spurs, having to make do with a place on the bench.

It’s been a rough campaign for the England international, with both Rangnick and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reluctant to give him much game time.

Defence: Dalot, Lindelof, Varane, Shaw

Diogo Dalot didn’t do a lot wrong against Tottenham and, therefore, should retain his place in the side at right-back.

Likewise Raphael Varane, who continues to be a calming presence at centre-back.

For the match with Spurs, United went with Alex Telles at left-back.

However, with Luke Shaw now fit and training again, the England international will likely come into the team.

Harry Maguire toiled against Spurs and, on a night where the Red Devils desperately need to win, it’s feasible Victor Lindelof will come into the side to partner Varane instead.

That would be a gamble but Rangnick has shown he’s got the strong-mindedness to make changes of such magnitude throughout his brief spell in the dugout so far.

Midfield: Fred, McTominay, Fernandes

United went with a midfield trident of Fred, Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba for the game against Tottenham.

However, while Fred impressed, Matic and Pogba failed to catch the eye.

United were without Bruno Fernandes but he’s now training again, suggesting there’s a chance he’ll play against Atletico.


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