Potential Lineups: Manchester United vs Juventus

Jose Mourinho walks past a picture of Cristiano Ronaldo before the match.

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Old Trafford is in for another brilliant night of Champions League football, as Manchester United take on Juventus.

Tuesday will see a clash of giants, as Cristiano Ronaldo returns to his old chomping grounds, and Paul Pogba faces the side with whom he rose to prominence.

Both teams will want to win it, and it goes without saying that while United will be eager to win and tie on points with the Old Lady at the top of the table, Juventus will wish to stamp their dominance firmly, and leave the second spot up for grabs.

Here’s how the two teams will most likely lineup at the Theatre of Dreams:

Manchester United

Jose Mourinho seems to have found a formula that works in his slightly adjusted formation, and it seems apt that he’ll use this against the Serie A giants.

In terms of injury, the already doubtful updates on Jesse Lingard, Marcos Rojo, and Scott McTominay will see the addition of Alexis Sanchez, who had to be pulled out during training due to an unspecified injury. The update on Fellaini’s situation is likewise doubtful.

Martial will undoubtedly start on Tuesday, as will Lukaku, although the Belgian striker needs to find a goal sometime soon, and Juventus might just be the perfect team to resume scoring against.

 

Goalkeeper: De Gea
Defenders: Valencia, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw
Midfielders: Matic, Pogba
Forwards: Rashford, Mata, Martial; Lukaku

Formation: 4-2-3-1

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Juventus

The Old Lady club will see the return of Cristiano Ronaldo, while their injury bench is populated by Spinazzola and Sami Khedira, who may also be joined by Emre Can, as the German may have to undergo surgery relating to a thyroid problem.

A recent injury to Mario Mandžukić was also confirmed by Allegri, which means the striker will miss the outing as well.

Having rested Dybala and Chiellini during their last Serie A encounter, the Juve boss will enter this match all guns blazing, as how they fare at Old Trafford could be the first major test of a campaign, which the higher-ups hope will end in the lifting of the UEFA Champions League trophy.

 

Goalkeeper: Szczesny
Defenders: Cancelo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Sandro
Midfielders: Bentancur, Pjanic, Matuidi
Forwards: Bernardeschi, Dybala, Ronaldo

Formation: 4-3-3