On Thursday night, Manchester United will face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, and Ralf Rangnick will have to make some significant decisions.
As they prepare to defend Atletico Madrid tonight, Manchester United is hoping for another European night to remember (Wednesday).
After a convincing win over bitter rivals Leeds United at the weekend, Ralf Rangnick’s side will be eager to show those who have finally turned the corner.
A win at Elland Road showed United’s differing positives and negatives, requiring improvement if they are to have any hope of winning the Champions League this season.
It is imperative that Rangnick get his team selection spot on, and he has four selection dilemmas ahead of the first leg against Atletico.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka was indeed a surprise starter against Leeds and it would be a shock if he started on Wednesday night. MEN Game runs through them here.
Despite making some excellent recovery challenges, the English full-back was unable to keep pace with Daniel James and was not a factor for either of the hosts’ objectives.
When it comes to the right side of defense, Wan-Bissaka is clearly preferred, but Diogo Dalot was in better form and simply the greatest football of his career.
We can learn a lot about the strategy for the match by looking at Rangnick’s right-back selection.
Both Victor Lindelof and Raphael Varane are vying to collaborate club captain Harry Maguire at the heart of the defense, and that decision will be crucial as well.
Following an impressive string of performances, Lindelof is currently the best option, and he played an important role in Sunday’s win over Leeds with his line-breaking dribbles and dribbling skills.
Dropping the Swede would be a blow, but Varane is indeed a world-class replacement who is raring to go against the team he used to torment at Real Madrid.
Three United players are vying for a limited number of roster spots.
Assembled in midfield
Against an Atletico Madrid team with a wealth of experience, finding the right balance in midfield will be crucial.
There is little doubt that Scott McTominay and Bruno Fernandes will start for the New York Red Bulls in Tuesday’s pre-match press conference. With Fred and Paul Pogba locked in a battle again for final midfield spot, the debates begin.
It’s common practice to start Fred or McTominay in games of this magnitude, but given his versatility as a No. 8 in a 4-3-3 or a deeper midfield player in a 4-2-3-1, starting the Brazilian makes the most sense.