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Fred Ahead Of Pogba, Telles To Return | Predicted 4-2-3-1 Manchester United Lineups Vs Burnley

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After a shocking exit from the FA Cup in midweek, Manchester United are hoping to pick themselves up as they take on Burnley on Tuesday. The Red Devils are coming on the back of two consecutive wins in the league and another three points could help them maintain the lead over the likes of West Ham, Arsenal and Tottenham in the race for the Champions League places.

Predicted Manchester United Lineup vs Burnley


Ralf Rangnick is set to remain without the services of defenders Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly due to their respective injuries. The German, therefore, may have no option but to persist with the first-choice central defensive pairing of captain Harry Maguire and new signing Raphael Varane.

Phil Jones is a potential alternative, should Rangnick opt to shuffle his pack a little, but given the importance of this encounter, there might be no such changes in order.

The same can be said for the fullback department, with Diogo Dalot once again likely to get the nod ahead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back. However, we are expecting one change on the opposite flank with the returning Alex Telles replacing Luke Shaw at left-back, thus completing the Manchester United back-four which will look to protect David de Gea in goal.

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BRENTFORD, ENGLAND – JANUARY 19: Alex Telles of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Brentford and Manchester United at Brentford Community Stadium on January 19, 2022 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
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Rangnick might want to make the daring change of putting Fred in midfield, at the expense of Paul Pogba. The Brazilian has performed well under the German and will look to rekindle his form alongside Scott McTominay in the double-pivot.

Pogba, though, remains a potential option in the advanced midfield role given Bruno Fernandes was struggling with a slight back problem against Middlesbrough. Although we expect the Portuguese international to recover within Tuesday, Pogba remains an alternative if he does miss out against Burnley.


In the attack, Jadon Sancho is likely to recover from his knock and could be granted another start, having scored the only goal against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup.

The former Borussia Dortmund starlet is expected to operate on the flanks, alongside Marcus Rashford, as they look to provide the supply for Cristiano Ronaldo upfront. The Portuguese icon is hoping to put past his misery against Middlesbrough and rekindle his scoring momentum against Burnley.

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