“Yes, it’s possible that we need to rotate,” explains Ralf Rangnick in our interview, so how many changes might the Manchester United interim manager make against Brighton & Hove Albion?
That’s the topic of our latest Line-ups Debate ahead of the much-anticipated team news dropping at 19:15 GMT, exactly one hour ahead of kick-off under the floodlights at Old Trafford.
“In some positions, we could do with some fresh legs, some fresh energy,” continues Ralf, providing some more context. “We have the next game coming up at Leeds, another intense away game, and then in the Champions League against Atletico Madrid and then Watford.
“We have quite a few games coming up, every three or four days, and that’s why it’s good for me as manager that I have enough players, two players for each position, in order to give some players a rest and others a chance to perform.”
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FRED WILL BE THE ONLY CHANGE
“Fred is once again available after recovering from COVID-19 and, in his exclusive interview with club media, Rangnick hinted that the Brazilian would be involved against Brighton, saying that his energy and physicality in midfield could prove useful against a Seagulls outfit who are unbeaten in seven top-flight games.
“Our no.17’s return would require breaking up the McTominay-Pogba-Fernandes midfield triumvirate. McTominay has played a lot of games recently and Ralf may want to rest him ahead of a busy end to February which sees us take on Leeds, Atletico Madrid and Watford in the space of six days.
“However, I think the German may opt to switch out Pogba. Paul has performed admirably in recent weeks, but he has just come back from a three-month lay-off so may need to be looked after. The prospect of him coming off the bench is a mouthwatering one, though.”