Confirmed Manchester United XI vs Arsenal

Ralf Rangnick has selected his Manchester United starting eleven to face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium this lunchtime.

Not for the first time this season, United need a reaction on the back of a poor performance in a big game.

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Here is the team the German has chosen to face the Gunners…

De Gea: Dalot, Lindelof, Varane, Telles, Matic,McTominay, Fernandes, Elanga, Sancho, Ronaldo.

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Subs: Henderson, Bailly, Jones, Maguire, Wan-Bissaka, Mata, Lingard, Garnacho, Rashford.

You can see how the team compares to our predicted XI here.

The big news is captain Harry Maguire has been dropped from the side, allowing the returning Raphael Varane to come back into the side.

Scott McTominay is also back at the base of midfield, coming in for Paul Pogba, who could well have played his final game in United colours as he has been ruled out for the season through injury.

Cristiano Ronaldo is also in the side up front, which sees Marcus Rashford drop to the bench, where he takes his place alongside teenage wonderkid Alejandro Garnacho.

United have ditched the three-man defence from Tuesday night, and the amount of freedom afforded to McTominay will dictate whether it is a 4-3-3 or a 4-2-3-1.

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