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Predicted Man Utd line-up vs Atletico Madrid, Rangnick to make two changes

Manchester United entertain Atletico Madrid at Old Trafford in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday night.

The Red Devils secured a 1-1 draw during the reverse meeting at Wanda Metropolitano.

They were second best for most of the game, but Anthony Elanga bagged a vital equaliser coming off the bench.

Ahead of the return leg, United should be considered potential favourites. The club recently secured a 3-2 Premier League win over Tottenham Hotspur which should boost the confidence within the squad.

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Predicted Line-up:

David de Gea has been in sparkling form in goal with some outstanding saves this term, but could not have done much to prevent the penalty or own goal from Harry Maguire on Saturday. There are no doubts over his position between the sticks.

In front of him, it could be a similar-looking backline from the Spurs game. Diogo Dalot should get the nod over Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Victor Lindelof at right-back.

With Luke Shaw absent at the weekend due to COVID-19, the tie may come too soon for him. Alex Telles should continue in the left-back spot.

Raphael Varane and Harry Maguire have been the regular choices in central defence when fit and available.

We anticipated that Varane and Lindelof could be reunited against Spurs, but it was not the case. Maguire had a mixed performance once more, but we don’t see him being dropped tomorrow.

In midfield, Scott McTominay appears likely to make his comeback. He was left out of the Spurs game with a calf problem.

It was probably a precautionary move from Rangnick with the Atletico game in mind. In that case, Nemanja Matic should make way for the Scot. Rangnick considers Fred and McTominay as the ‘best ball-winners‘.

Further forward, Paul Pogba may continue in the number 10 position with Bruno Fernandes doubtful with an illness.

Jadon Sancho should be an assured starter on the left wing, having made six goal contributions since the winter break. He has finally started to find his feet.

Marcus Rashford was picked ahead of Elanga on the right wing against Spurs, but hardly impacted proceedings. This could pave the way for a straight swap.

The Swede equalised against Atletico nearly three weeks ago and could be rewarded with a starting role.

Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to start up front. The Portuguese recently went through a lean patch with one goal in 2022, but answered his critics with a stellar hat-trick against Spurs. There is no denying that he was the difference between the clubs.

How Man Utd could line up against Atletico Madrid

Stats from Transfermarkt.com.

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