Manchester United, hopefully, will be back in action on Monday night when they play visitors to Newcastle United, and down below is our predicted starting lineup Ralf Rangnick could work with.
Man United last played a competitive game against Norwich City on December 12, a game they narrowly won 1-0, thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty effort, before there was a COVID-19 outbreak at Carrington.
The German boss has impressed in his first three matches, registering clean sheets against Crystal Palace and Norwich City, and in between these clashes was a 1-1 draw against Young Boys.
Ralf Rangnick would love to maintain his Premier League momentum when he visits Newcastle, who are struggling to avoid relegation this term.
And anyone could easily expect the German tactician to maintain the same starting lineup he used in his last two league matches or at least make a few changes.
Speaking about the change Rangnick could make, Raphael Varane could return to the starting lineup, despite Victor Lindelof returning to training after suffering a chest issue against Norwich.
Would he also maintain a front line that consists of Marcus Rashford, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Jadon Sancho or he could rest one of the three to hand Mason Greenwood a chance?
Also, there is a feeling Rangnick would rest Scott McTominay to enable him to pair Fred alongside Nemanja Matic.
Predicted Manchester United starting lineup vs Newcastle United
GK: David de Gea
DF: Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Telles
MF: Fred, Matic, Fernandes
FW: Sancho, Ronaldo, Rashford
Ralf Rangnick on Thursday confirmed that Paul Pogba hasn’t trained with the squad this week and said that the World Cup winner remains a doubt for the Newcastle United trip.
“We trained on Tuesday, yesterday and today and we have 25 field players — he’s [Paul Pogba] the only one missing out, everyone else is on board,” said Rangnick. “The development of the last week is extremely positive.
“We will train tomorrow and there will be a day off on Christmas Day and then we have the last training session on Sunday and fly to Newcastle Sunday evening.”
Manchester United won the reverse fixture 4-1 at Old Trafford, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a brace upon making his second United debut.