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Man United team news: Expected XI vs Leeds as Ralf Rangnick faces Atletico Madrid dilemma

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Elland Road is likely to be deafening on Sunday afternoon as Leeds take on Manchester United in the Premier League.

It is set to be the first Roses derby in West Yorkshire with fans for over 10 years, and Ralf Rangnick’s men cannot afford to slip up.

But with Atletico Madrid on the horizon, changes may have to be made ahead of the crunch Champions League clash. Idusport takes a look at United’s expected XI.

Goalkeeper – De Gea

David De Gea has arguably been United’s stand out player this season.

Despite their poor position in the league table, the Spaniard’s mostly superb performances have stopped a further rot occurring.

With Dean Henderson rarely featuring this season, De Gea looks set to start again.

And it will be superb preparation against a gung-ho side before he travels back to old club Atletico on Wednesday.

Defence – Dalot, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw

Harry Maguire’s poor performances in recent weeks saw calls for him to be dropped against Brighton in midweek.

But a reassured performance led to a clean sheet, and showed United fans what their skipper could do.

With Raphael Varane out with an illness, Victor Lindelof is likely to start alongside him at the back.

And Diogo Dalot and Luke Shaw will take up their usual position in the wing-back roles.

Midfield – McTominay, Fernandes, Fred

Scott McTominay’s superb performance against Leeds last season shows that he knows just what this fixture is about.

The Scotland international scored two goals within three minutes against Bielsa’s men to give United a 6-2 home victory against their rivals.

Coupled with Bruno Fernandes, who has scored five goals in his last three appearances against the Yorkshire outfit, they represent a pair that Leeds will already be fearing.

And whilst Paul Pogba would be a solid addition to the side’s attacking flair, he may be kept fresh for the trip to Spain on Wednesday – meaning a start for energetic midfielder Fred could be in order.

Attack – Sancho, Ronaldo, Rashford

Jadon Sancho has been a revelation in the last couple of weeks after an admittedly poor start to life in Manchester.

The England winger has scored two goals in his last three games after scoring the same amount in 24 throughout the season.

He could be joined by Cristiano Ronaldo, who will make his first appearance against Leeds in 18-and-a-half-years – set to be the longest spell between playing the same club with such a big gap in Premier League history.

And with Leeds likely to be pressing from the off, Marcus Rashford could be deployed to exploit the spaces left in behind.

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Rio Ferdinand issues major warning about Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag

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Former centre-back Rio Ferdinand believes it is still too early to judge whether Erik ten Hag is the right man to lead Manchester United back to the top, despite their unquestionable improvement under him this season.

United head into tomorrow’s Manchester derby against City at Old Trafford with the knowledge that a win will lift them to within a point and place of their neighbours in the Premier League table.

The Reds have lost just one of their last 18 matches since being battered 6-3 by City back in October, featuring a current run of eight wins on the bounce.

The Reds, such is the level of progress they have made under Ten Hag this season, are now considered as one of the favourites to qualify for the Champions League for next season.

They have made significant strides in a relatively short space of time and victories over the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur already this season have proven that they are capable of competing in the upper echelons of the table again.

However, despite heading into the second half of the campaign with form in their sails, Ferdinand insists the jury is still out on Ten Hag, despite him reaching 20 wins as United manager quick than any of his predecessors.

“I think it’s too early to say,” said Ferdinand to the Mirror. “We’ve been here with previous managers when it looks like we are onto something.

“We’ve got to be patient and give the man time. I think all the signs are very positive at the moment. He’s come in and seen what is happening, assessed how things are, looked at individuals and looked at the shape of the team.

“These were a bunch of players that were quite low. They were shot to pieces and he’s had to build, not only footballers, but men back up again. He’s had to build a lot of human beings back up and that takes time.

“The fact he’s now talking about qualifying for the Champions League so positively, he can sense a confidence coming back into this team. There’s a consistency of performance from the team that wasn’t there before and the signals and signs are all very promising.

“But they’re still not where they want to be. City are way ahead of where United are. The distance is a bit closer, but it’s still not anywhere near where we want it to be. There’s still work to be done.”

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Manchester United takeover bids ‘expected imminently’ with serious interest in Club

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Manchester United are expecting takeover offers from across the world as they are set to invite bids ahead of ‘mid-February deadline’.

The Telegraph have reported that the club have received ‘serious interest’ from consortiums based in the Middle East, Asia and the United States.

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is also weighing up an offer, as the Glazers hope to the sell one of the biggest clubs in the world for over £5billion.

The report also adds that parties who had been interested in taking over Chelsea, before Todd Boehly’s £4.25bn takeover, are set to return with approaches for the Red Devils.

It’s expected that potential investors will go public with their attempts to buy United in the coming weeks with the clock ‘now ticking on a deal’.

Senior United figures will issue a mid February deadline for formal offers in order to help get get the takeover completed before the end of the season.

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Confirmed: Chelsea ready to make late bid to hijack another Arsenal transfer

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Chelsea will make a late attempt to scupper Arsenal’s hopes of finally signing Mikhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Gunners have submitted their third bid for the Ukraine international winger and hope an offer of £62m before add-ons, which take the deal closer to £70m, will be enough to break the deadlock between the two clubs.

Chelsea’s interest in the 21-year-old winger was earlier this week described only as ‘exploratory’ but ESPN now claim that Todd Boehly will test the waters and attempt to throw a spanner in the works for the Premier League leaders.

Shakhtar’s technical director Darijo Srna was pictured at Stamford Bridge last week as he watched Chelsea’s defeat against Manchester City and Boehly would have little issue with meeting an asking price which is closer to £88million.

Arsenal are said to be confident that their latest bid for Mudryk will be enough to finally secure the services of their No.1 January target, but have already been beaten to the punch once this month by their west London rivals.

Chelsea won the race to sign Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid amid competition from Arsenal and Manchester United, but the Portugal international’s promising debut ended in devastating fashion when he was sent off just shy of the hour mark for a dangerous challenge on Fulham’s Kenny Tete.

Felix will now miss the next three games through suspension as the problems mount for Chelsea’s under-fire manager Graham Potter.

‘It sums up where we are at the moment – everything that can go wrong, is going wrong,’ Potter said after Chelsea’s 2-1 west London derby defeat.

‘It was a forward’s tackle from Joao, there was no malice in it but I understand why it was a red. It is another blow the hits keep coming at the moment.

‘He was really good you could see his quality in the game so it is doubly disappointing for us because he was looking dangerous throughout.

‘I don’t think there was too much malice in it and it is an unfortunate action and we are going to lose him now for three games.’

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