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Man Utd predicted lineup vs Chelsea – Premier League –

Manchester United suffered yet more disappointment on their return from the March international break last Saturday.

The Red Devils are enduring a pretty dismal campaign to date and were played off the park by a Brentford side sat just a few points off the relegation zone. Erik ten Hag’s side only managed a point at the Gtech Community Stadium after Kristoffer Ajer’s 99th-minute equaliser cancelled out Mason Mount’s first Man Utd goal in the seventh minute of stoppage time.

The 13-time Premier League champions return to west London on Thursday when they face fellow strugglers Chelsea, a fixture they won 2-1 at Old Trafford earlier in the season. Ten Hag’s side still harbour hopes of a top four spot this season but Champions League qualification looks increasingly unlikely with each passing week.

With some injuries to contend with ahead of Thursday’s battle, here’s how Man Utd could line up against Chelsea.


Man Utd predicted lineup vs Chelsea (4-2-3-1)

Rasmus Hojlund is looking to resurrect his form from earlier this year / Visionhaus/GettyImages

GK: Andre Onana – The Cameroonian stopper has managed to largely eradicate the errors that haunted him early in his United career, but Chelsea will keep him on his toes at Stamford Bridge.

RB: Diogo Dalot – The Portuguese is an inconsistent performer and will have his work cut out to handle the speedy and tricky Mykhailo Mudryk on Thursday. One thing you can guarantee is he will give his all, though.

CB: Raphael Varane – The former Real Madrid defender was withdrawn against Brentford as a precaution and Ten Hag will be hopeful he can shake off a knock for the trip to Chelsea. Varane is a key figure for the Red Devils and a leader at the back.

CB: Lisandro Martinez – A return to action against Brentford will have pleased Man Utd fans considering the centre-back has been missing for over a month. With Harry Maguire’s form far from perfect and Victor Lindelof perhaps sidelined through injury, Martinez will be tasked with handling Nicolas Jackson.

LB: Aaron Wan-Bissaka – Man Utd’s left-back injury crisis means Ten Hag has had to be creative in that area, with Wan-Bissaka shifting to the other side of defence recently. Given he’s such a strong one-v-one defender, the orthodox right-back will be the perfect match for the influential Cole Palmer.

CM: Kobbie Mainoo – The youngster wowed England supporters over the international break and continues to astound with his mature displays in United red. The wonderkid will be aiming to dominate a £221m Chelsea midfield on Thursday.

CM: Casemiro – The Brazilian provided an assist off the bench against Brentford and could reclaim his spot in the starting lineup on Thursday. Man Utd’s midfield has been a big concern this season, with Casemiro having been guilty of underperforming.

RM: Alejandro Garnacho – One of the few shining lights for Man Utd this term, the youngster has often provided a crucial spark for the Red Devils in the final third. His pace will be useful on the counter-attack at Stamford Bridge.

AM: Bruno Fernandes – Man Utd’s skipper, the 29-year-old will need to be at his creative best against the Blues. He has two goals and three assists in his last six games for club and country.

LM: Marcus Rashford – If we see the best of Rashford on Thursday, Chelsea could be in trouble, especially if Malo Gusto is sidelined through injury. However, his inconsistency makes it tough to predict what we’ll see from the Englishman.

ST: Rasmus Hojlund – The £72m man was flying before picking up an injury in February but is yet to find the net in the four games since his return. His form will be crucial from now until the end of the season.

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