Manchester United travel to Stamford Bridge for Sunday’s much-awaited Premier League clash against leaders Chelsea.
The Red Devils have been in a poor run of form in the league, having suffered five defeats in the last seven games.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was recently sacked as a result of this. Michael Carrick looks set to remain in temporary charge this weekend.
The club have reportedly agreed a deal with Ralf Rangnick for the interim role, but he needs a work permit to take over.
United have had the better of the Blues in recent years. The west London club have failed to beat them in the last seven league meetings.
Despite this, the hosts will start as potential favourites. United will be keen to prove that wrong with a strong showing this weekend.
David de Gea has been in splendid form for the Red Devils in goal.
He came up with a crucial save against Villarreal in midweek before the club secured a 2-0 Champions League win. The Spaniard is a definite starter between the sticks.
In defence, there will be an enforced change with Harry Maguire suspended after his sending off during the 4-1 defeat at Watford.
Eric Bailly appears set to partner Victor Lindelof with Raphael Varane injured while Phil Jones has been out of contention.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka is a nailed-on starter from the right-back spot. Luke Shaw could return on the opposite side after missing the midweek outing with a head injury against the Hornets.
Shaw has been substituted due to concussion in recent league games, and will be hoping for a change in fortunes.
Scott Mctominay and Fred were reunited in midfield in Carrick’s managerial debut on Tuesday.
The duo are likely to keep their places with Paul Pogba out with a thigh injury while Donny van de Beek struggled to make an impact in his surprise start ahead of Bruno Fernandes in midweek.
Fernandes is widely expected to feature in the number 10 spot after starring off the bench against Villarreal. He bagged a late assist for Jadon Sancho.
The Portuguese has been consistent in Europe this term with six assists in five group games.
Sancho looks primed to continue in the right-wing position where he is most comfortable playing.
He impressed in the second half against the Hornets, and carried over the form in midweek with his maiden United goal in the closing stages.
On the opposite flank, there could be a straight swap with Marcus Rashford returning in place of Anthony Martial, who failed to grab his opportunity.
Meanwhile, Mason Greenwood may not make the matchday squad after testing positive for coronavirus.
Cristiano Ronaldo is an undisputed starter up front. The Portugal international continued his excellent form in Europe, scoring for the fifth straight group game for the Red Devils.
He has struggled to find the same consistency in the league with four goals in nine games but will be keen to make a mark on Sunday.
The club are already 12 points adrift of the table-toppers while six points separate them from the top four. They can’t afford to lose further ground.
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