Manchester United will lock horns with Leeds United at Elland Road on Sunday afternoon, hoping to pick up all three points and further strengthen their position among the top four of the Premier League table. The Red Devils will be coming into the match on the back of an encouraging 2-0 win against Brighton, whereas the Whites recorded a disappointing 3-0 loss to Everton on February 12.
Edinson Cavani (groin), Nemanja Matic (shin), and Eric Bailly (ankle) remain as doubts for the upcoming fixture.
However, United fans will hope to have Raphael Varane available for the weekend after he missed the clash against Seagulls despite initially being named in the starting eleven.
“On the way from the hotel, after dinner and the team meeting, he had stomach problems,” Rangnick told the BBC.
“We were hoping to get rid of it with medication but he did not feel well and that is why we played with Victor Lindelof instead.”
Mason Greenwood remains suspended until further notice after being arrested on suspicion of rape and assault.
Ralf Rangnick will probably opt for the 4-3-3 formation with a couple of tweaks from the last game. Paul Pogba might get the nod over Fred in midfield, whereas Alex Telles seems likely to make his way back into the starting eleven.
4-3-3 Predicted Manchester United Lineup Vs Leeds United
David de Gea is expected to start 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 Sunday.
Raphael Varane is expected to start at the heart of United’s backline, with skipper Harry Maguire slotting into the right-centre back position. Diogo Dalot is a guaranteed starter at the right-back position, whereas Alex Telles will fill in on the other flank as the left-back.
Scott McTominay 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 Sunday.
Fred 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.
Jadon Sancho and Anthony Elanga will take up the wide positions, causing menace for Marcelo Bielsa’s men down the right and left-wing, respectively.
Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to lead the line for Manchester United this weekend. The 37-year-old striker’s adept movement in front of the goal could cause a lot of trouble for the Leeds defence that has conceded eleven goals in their last five matches across all competitions.
Marcus Rashford could be brought off the bench as an impact substitute in the second forty-five minutes of the match.