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On Tuesday night, Manchester United face Galatasaray with dark clouds circling over Old Trafford once more after a dismal start to the season.
After already suffering five defeats in all competitions this season, Erik Ten Hag is in dire need of three points to get his side’s Champions League campaign back on track and Marcus Rashford will be key to it all.
Manchester United vs Galatasaray Champions League team news
- 1 Manchester United vs Galatasaray Champions League team news
- 2 Manchester United predicted lineup vs Galatasaray – Our top three
- 3 Manchester United predicted lineup vs Galatasaray – The final word
While Man Utd have undoubtedly started the season poorly, there is some sympathy for Erik Ten Hag due to the sheer number of injuries he has had to contend with. While he has welcomed back Mason Mount and Sofyan Amrabat in recent weeks, he has lost Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Sergio Reguilon and Lisandro Martinez which is just making life more difficult for the United boss.
Although several players remain sidelined, Ten Hag has welcomed Antony back to training this week. The Brazilian winger had been told to delay his return to Carrington amid domestic assault allegations, however, he has now been cleared to return and could go straight back into the starting eleven for the match against Galatasaray on Tuesday.
United have never lost to Galatasaray at Old Trafford, however, the Turkish side must be licking their lips at the prospect of facing them tomorrow night given that confidence levels are as low as they have been since Ten Hag has been at the club.
Manchester United predicted lineup
Onana, Dalot, Maguire, Varane, Amrabat, Casemiro, Mount, Fernandes, Antony, Hojlund, Rashford
Manchester United predicted lineup vs Galatasaray – Our top three
Marcus Rashford – Goals are needed
Marcus Rashford has historically always been a streaky player, however, last season he showed that he is capable of performing at a high level over the course of a full season. The England forward netted 30 goals in all competitions for his club for the first time in his career and there was a belief that he would kick on this year to prove that he is United’s main man.
Unfortunately for Rashford, things haven’t exactly gone to plan this season. The 25-year-old only has one goal to his name so far in the Premier League and just two assists across all competitions. His off-ball effort has also left a lot to be desired and he was substituted off with United chasing a goal at the weekend against Crystal Palace.
With Alejandro Garnacho pushing for a starting place on the left wing, Rashford needs a big performance on Tuesday and is certainly one to watch.
Bruno Fernandes – The magic man
Bruno Fernandes remains Man Utd’s most important player and the central creative spark in the squad. Last season, the Portuguese playmaker created more goalscoring chances (119) than any other player in the Premier League and this year he is second only to Mohamed Salah despite having a slow start to the season. If the Reds are to win tomorrow night, then Fernandes will be key to it.
Raphael Varane – Composure is key
There aren’t many players around with more Champions League experience than Raphael Varane and with four titles to his name, he will be raring to go again on Tuesday night after missing the clash with Bayern Munich a fortnight ago. The Frenchman has gone on record to say he believes Man Utd can win the Champions League this season and now it’s time for him and his teammates to prove it.
Will Jadon Sancho play against Galatasaray?
Jadon Sancho is still banished from first team action at Manchester United after a falling out with Erik Ten Hag last month. Sancho is still refusing to apologise to his manager after his outburst on Twitter which means he definitely will not be lining up against Galatasaray on Tuesday night.
Manchester United predicted lineup vs Galatasaray – The final word
To say this game is a must-win for Manchester United would be an understatement. In terms of points, they can’t afford to fall to be winless in two games in their Champions League group while in terms of confidence, a sixth loss of the season in early October would be catastrophic.
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