Man Utd verdict: Erik ten Hag now knows his best XI and it’s bad news for Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Manchester derby

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ERIK TEN HAG now has 17 days to select his staff for the Manchester derby.

The Red Devils breezed previous Sheriff Tiraspol 2-0 within the Europa League on Thursday night time.

Ten Hag appears to have found his best XI after five wins from six matches

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Ten Hag seems to have discovered his best XI after 5 wins from six matchesCredit: PA

With their Premier League conflict in opposition to Leeds postponed, this was United’s closing match earlier than the worldwide break.

And Ten Hag selected to revert again to the facet which beat Arsenal – albeit with Cristiano Ronaldo in for the injured Marcus Rashford.

And it’s a staff which appears to be forming an excellent understanding… Ronaldo apart.

David de Gea is a certainty in between the sticks.

Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez look rock strong on the again, with the latter starting to point out off his sensible vary of passing.

Diogo Dalot and Tyrell Malacia look equally aggressive defensively and sufficiently inventive going ahead.

Scott McTominay is retaining five-time Champions League winner Casemiro out of the staff and will likely be anticipated to start out within the derby regardless of the ex-Real Madrid man’s expertise.

Christian Eriksen has been United’s standout participant in current weeks, with his easy vary of passing a spotlight of the Ten Hag regime thus far.

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Bruno Fernandes stays slightly underwhelming, however is providing glimpses of the shape he confirmed throughout his first 12 months at Old Trafford.

And Jadon Sancho and Antony are offering the power, tempo and pleasure on the flanks that has made United a power in world soccer over time.

The solely sticking level ahead of the Manchester derby is whether or not or to not deliver Rashford again in for Ronaldo.

The apparent selection is to take action.

Ronaldo could have tucked away his first objective of the season from the penalty spot in opposition to Sheriff, however he seems nicely off the tempo.

His incapability to stretch the play like Rashford can be forgivable if he was wanting his potent best in entrance of objective – however proper now he’s not.

As a outcome, the facet Ten Hag will select to place out for the journey to the Etihad in two weeks seems set in stone.

Expected XI vs Man City: De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Malacia; McTominay, Eriksen, Fernandes; Antony, Rashford, Sancho.

It is one which has already impressed within the Premier League and appears to want little or no tinkering – if any.

SunSport completely revealed that the Dutch supervisor is about to obtain £70million to spend within the January switch window.

But given how his facet are at present making use of themselves, it’s tough to see the place he would wish to strengthen.

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He made 5 modifications earlier than the defeat to Real Sociedad – a stark warning that transferring issues round can create instability.

Expect him to revert to sort for the journey to the Etihad – with Ronaldo, Casemiro and Co benched as soon as extra.


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