MANCHESTER UNITED will arrive at Aston Villa on Saturday night without Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese superstar has a thigh problem and Ralf Rangnick could be forced to switch squads and play one or two young players.
Ronaldo missed Monday 1-0 win in FA Cup third round against Villa hip injury.
But this is a separate issue raised in train in Carrington on Thursday.
Ronaldo was examined by United’s medical professionals before driving home, where he will use the private oxygen chamber he has placed in his home.
It aids in injury recovery by breathing purified air directly into the plasma to repair any damaged tissue.
As a result, Rangnick will be forced to decide how to win without Ronnie.
Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes were the attacking quartet against Villa in the National Cup.
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But Anthony Elanga was given a standing ovation when he came on for Rashford in the 87th minute and he could have been given the chance to shine from the start.
Rangnick also persisted with the much-criticized 4-2-2-2 formation.
United were very lucky to beat Villa and their form and results prior to that were unlikely to make the world crown.
That can happen when United come out with a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Fred and Scott McTominay will take their usual positions in midfield.
And that will be against a quartet of Luke Shaw, Victor Lindelof, Raphael Varane and Diogo Dalot.
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David De Gea – who is arguably the team’s most consistent player this season – will start mid-stroke.
Jadon Sancho has been disappointing since his big-money arrival this summer but Rangnick could give him another spot in the starting lineup.
And Greenwood and Donny van de Beek will also be available to choose from.
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