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Rashford And Pogba Set To Start | 4-2-3-1 Manchester United Predicted Lineup Vs Atalanta

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Manchester United will lock horns with Atalanta at the Gewiss Stadium on Tuesday night, hoping to pick up all three points away from home and further cement their position at the top of Group F. The Red Devils will be coming into the match on the back of an encouraging 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, whereas Gian Piero Gasperini’s men recorded a 2-2 draw against Lazio on Saturday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will probably opt for the 4-2-3-1 formation with a couple of tweaks from the last game. Paul Pogba might get the nod over Scott McTominay, whereas Marcus Rashford looks likely to make his way back into the starting eleven.

4-2-3-1 Predicted Manchester United Lineup Vs Atalanta

Defence

David de Gea is expected to start in between the sticks for the upcoming clash. The Spanish shot-stopper would be looking to put up a strong performance and secure a clean sheet on Tuesday.

Raphael Varane, who played a crucial part against Spurs on Saturday, should start over Victor Lindelof to form the centre-half partnership with Harry Maguire at the heart of United’s backline.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is a guaranteed starter at the right-back position, whereas Luke Shaw will fill in on the other flank as the left-back. The English duo would be expected to stay compact and keep their shape defensively.

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Midfield

Fred is expected to start in the defensive midfield position, whereas Paul Pogba will slot in as the central midfielder.

Bruno Fernandes remains a sure-fire starter for Manchester United this week, and it’ll be an understatement to say The Red Devils will be highly dependent on the Portugal international’s creative work if they wish to pick up a win on Tuesday.

Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood will take up the wide positions, playing on the left and right-wing respectively.

Donny van de Beek will have to settle for a place on the bench, but he could be brought on in the second half of the contest if needed.

Attack

Following last weekend’s heroics against Nuno Espirito Santo’s team, Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to lead the line for Manchester United in midweek. The 36-year-old striker’s adept movement in front of the goal could cause a lot of trouble for the Atalanta defence that has conceded four goals in their last three league matches.

Jadon Sancho could be brought off the bench as an impact substitute in the second forty-five minutes of the match.

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