Manchester United caretaker manager Michael Carrick has named his starting line-up to face Arsenal this evening.
The former midfielder will be managing the team for the first time at Old Trafford, with Ralf Rangnick expected to be watching from the stands.
The 63-year-old has finalised his work permit and will take charge of his first game on Sunday against Crystal Palace, following his appointment as the club’s interim manager, until the end of the season.
After a win against Villarreal and a draw at Chelsea, Carrick will be hoping to finish his three-game spell in charge of the club with three crucial points.
This is how Carrick has lined his side up against Mikel Arteta’s team:
Starting XI: De Gea, Dalot, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles, McTominay, Fred, Fernandes, Sancho, Rashford, Ronaldo.
Substitutes: Henderson, Jones, Bailly, van de Beek, Mata, Lingard, Amad, Greenwood, Martial.
You can see how Carrick’s line-up compares to our predicted one for the game here.
Carrick has made three changes to the starting line-up that drew 1-1 at Stamford Bridge.
The big news is that Cristiano Ronaldo comes back into the side after being dropped against the league leaders. The 36-year-old replaces Nemanja Matic.
Club captain Harry Maguire earns a recall after completing his one-match suspension.
United’s number five comes back into the side to partner Victor Lindelof at the expense of Eric Bailly, who will be disappointed, following an impressive performance against the Champions League holders.
Diogo Dalot comes into the side at right-back with Aaron Wan-Bissaka being absent from the matchday squad.
After back-to-back goals away from home, in-form Jadon Sancho will be hoping to register his first goal or assist at the Theatre of Dreams.
Ronaldo, who will be playing against Arsenal for the first time in 12-and-a-half years, will be looking to snap a three-game goal drought in the Premier League, and impress his new boss Rangnick.
A win for United could see us finish the night in sixth place and three points off the Champions League places.
However, a defeat could see us drop out of the top half of the table if Brentford win away at Tottenham.
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