Predicted Manchester United line-up v Norwich City

Manchester United visit Norwich City on Saturday evening with Ralf Rangnick managing his first away game as Red Devils boss.

United are looking to record a third Premier League win in a row and face a Norwich side who have shown a little improvement lately themselves under new boss Dean Smith.

Smith led Aston Villa to a 1-0 win over United at Old Trafford in late September.

How will United line up?

Rangnick made 11 changes in midweek when United took on Young Boys in the Champions League, with qualification already assured.

As Rangnick explained after the game, as well as giving fringe players a chance, this was also done with the intention of resting his key stars.

He said: “On the one side, I wanted to give game-time to the players who played today and see them in a competitive level and, on the other hand, rest the others who played on Sunday.”

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Unfortunately, many of United’s fill-in players did not grab their chance. Luke Shaw did well and grabbed an assist, but he only played 60 minutes, an indication the club are still uncertain on his fitness. Expect Alex Telles to keep his place.

Diogo Dalot will also retain his spot at right-back with Aaron Wan-Bissaka sustaining an injury to add to an underwhelming performance.

United will stick with a 4-2-2-2 system and the one expected change is likely to see Mason Greenwood come in to partner Cristiano Ronaldo up front.

Greenwood was the exception in midweek and now has a goal and assist in two games under Rangnick, while Marcus Rashford has not scored any goals in his last seven appearances.

Edinson Cavani may be available for the game, although the best he can hope for is a spot on the bench.

A decision in defence

United’s midfield picks itself. Fred and Scott McTominay will start in midfield with Jadon Sancho and Bruno Fernandes in front of them.

The bigger choice comes in central defence, with Eric Bailly particularly impressive in midweek.

Bailly like Greenwood, did enough to suggest he deserves a call-up – but who drops out? Victor Lindelof has been excellent in recent weeks, much improved.

Leaving out Harry Maguire could be a popular call, and a brave one. Whether Rangnick is prepared to omit the club captain at this early stage, is another matter.

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