Man Utd team news: Expected XI vs Wolves as Ralf Rangnick makes telling attacking call
Ralf Rangnick praises reaction of Man Utd after Burnley win
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Manchester United will eye a momentum-building win in their first game of 2022 as Wolves visit Old Trafford on Monday evening. Express Sport explores how Ralf Rangnick could line up as the seventh-placed Red Devils host Bruno Lage’s eighth-place visitors.
Goalkeeper: De Gea
David de Gea will look to continue his fine run of form between the sticks and record his first clean sheet of 2022.
Wolves have statistically been one of the more disappointing attacking Premier League teams this season, so the Spaniard will undoubtedly be targeting a shutout.
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Defence: Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Shaw
Aaron Wan-Bissaka was okay in his first league start under Rangnick against Burnley, but it was likely a game to provide Diogo Dalot with a rest.
Expect the Portuguese ace to replace Wan-Bissaka, with Luke Shaw likely to keep his spot at left-back after a good outing on Thursday.
After getting more minutes under his belt from the bench in midweek, Raphael Varane should return to the starting line-up alongside captain Harry Maguire.
Midfield: McTominay, Fred
Scott McTominay was mightily impressive against Burnley and was unlucky not to add to his pinpoint opener.
Rangnick, like Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is clearly a big admirer of McTominay, and the feeling’s mutual.
The 25-year-old has said: “He’s [Rangnick’s very firm, very driven and knows what he wants. In meetings, he is very clear. That’s the way it is in football. To get your point across, you have to be clear, and you have to be forceful.”
After Nemanja Matic started alongside McTominay against Burnley, Fred should re-enter the starting line-up.
Attack: Fernandes, Sancho, Ronaldo, Rashford
After his suspension in the Burnley game due to receiving five yellow cards, it would be a surprise if Bruno Fernandes didn’t jump straight back into the team.
Jadon Sancho put in another promising display, going forward and defensively, last time out, and it’d be harsh to drop him to the bench on the back of it.
Cristiano Ronaldo contributed a goal and an assist against Burnley in midweek and will undoubtedly be one of the spearheads of Rangnick’s 4-2-4 in attack.
Edinson Cavani will likely be given a chance to rest up and drop to the bench against Wolves, with Marcus Rashford potentially replacing him alongside Ronaldo, despite his poor run of form.
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