Ralf Rangnick was dropped into the Old Trafford bench in the middle of the current season, much as he was the previous time he oversaw a Champions League quarterfinal tie.
Rangnick joined Schalke in March 2011 and guided the German team past incumbent champions Inter, setting up a semi-final clash with Manchester United of all clubs.
The XI is as follows: Rangnick might make his first appearance in a knockout round of Europe’s top competition since losing 6-1 on aggregate to his current club 11 years ago.
Manchester United vs. Atletico Madrid Predicted Lineup – Champions League
1. Defenders and goalkeepers
David de Gea (GK) – David de Gea is a goalkeeper from Spain. Despite joining Manchester United in 2011, De Gea spent more than half of his life in the Atletico Madrid system, which he joined when he was four years old.
RB Aaron Wan-Bissaka – Wan-Bissaka, a surprise inclusion for Sunday’s encounter, received his first red card for the club in the first match of the current Champions League season.
Raphael Varane (CB) – Raphael Varane Varane, a veteran of 25 Madrid derbies, was a member of the Real Madrid team that knocked Atletico Madrid out of the Champions League four years in a row.
Harry Maguire (CB) – The club’s captain enters the match on the back of his first Premier League goal in 13 months.
LB Luke Shaw – Shaw has received more yellow cards than any other Manchester United player (45) during the last four seasons yet has never been sent off.
2. Center midfielders
Paul Pogba (CM) – Manchester United’s most creative player in the English Premier League, but he hasn’t created a goal in Europe’s top league since October 2020.
McTominay, Scott (CM) – Rangnick had stated that he “wouldn’t be surprised” to see McTominay wear the armband at some point before the club captaincy became such a hot topic.
Bruno Fernandes (CM) – The Champions League’s most prolific assist provider has assisted on at least one goal in every appearance this season.
Rashford, Marcus (RW) – Rashford, who was left on the bench on Sunday, has only scored one goal in the final stages of the Champions League, albeit his penalty did send PSG out of the competition in 2019.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – In a club career spanning over 900 matches, Ronaldo has never faced (or been beaten by) a team more frequently than Atletico Madrid (17 wins and 25 goals in 35 games).
Jadon Sancho (LW) Sancho, a player with 15-plus assists in his last three seasons, finally registered his first (and second) in red on Sunday after producing 34 shots that went unconverted in his first 27 appearances for Manchester United.