Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick may drop four players for Burnley clash

Manchester United will go up against Burnley on Tuesday hoping to bounce back.

The Red Devils were dumped out of the FA Cup by Middlesbrough on Friday night in a devastating blow to Ralf Rangnick, whose side were the better team at Old Trafford.

Idusport now takes a look at four changes the German may make as he looks to steer his team back to winning ways.

Fred for McTominay

Scott McTominay has been impressive for United, for the most part, since Rangnick was hired as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s replacement.

Yet the Scotland international was poor against Boro, needlessly giving the ball away over the course of the contest.

Throw in the fact he played the full 120 minutes, as well as taking a penalty in the shootout, Rangnick may decide to give him a rest.

United have Fred waiting in the wings to step up, with the Brazil international previously undroppable during Solskjaer’s reign.

And the Red Devils may then deploy Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba as two attacking midfielders in a 4-3-3 system.

Elanga for Rashford

Marcus Rashford was guilty of some bad finishing as United failed to beat Boro on Friday.

It’s worth noting he wasn’t the only one, though, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes also squandering the chance to put them out of sight.

But with Anthony Elanga needing a confidence boost, it’s feasible Rangnick will tinker with his side.

The young Swede missed the decisive penalty in the shootout against Boro and his spirits now deserve a lift.

Playing Elanga from the start would be good-management and it would also serve as a reminder to Rashford that more consistency, especially when it comes to goals, is needed.

Cavani for Ronaldo

Rangnick confirmed before the Boro clash that Edinson Cavani had asked for some time off.

He also then proceeded to admit that the Uruguay international wouldn’t have been involved, anyway, because he’d only just returned from international duty.

With Ronaldo now on a four-game goal drought, he’s at risk of it being his longest for a decade.

And the Portugal international’s sloppy finishing may see Rangnick reinstate Cavani to the team instead.

That would upset Ronaldo but it may spark him into getting his finishing back to what it used to be, making it worth the gamble.

Telles for Shaw

Luke Shaw did well enough for United against Middlesbrough.

But Alex Telles could come back into the side, with the Brazil international in Rangnick’s good books at present.

While he can admittedly be rash, the former Porto star offers far more than Shaw when it comes to going forward.

Certainly, he’s done nothing that means his absence from the side should be any longer after he missed the match with Boro following his own international duty.

So we expect Telles to come back into the team for the match with Burnley.

United last played Burnley in December, winning 3-1 at Old Trafford.

McTominay got the ball rolling, with the Scot scoring in the eighth minute of the contest.

A Ben Mee own-goal then doubled United’s lead after some good work from Jadon Sancho on the left flank.

And Ronaldo got in on the act just before the interval prior to Aaron Lennon pulling one back.

Whether United can get a similar result against the Clarets, however, remains to be seen.