United have endured a torrid week, having twice been beaten 3-0 at home to Manchester City and Newcastle. Erik ten Hag has now overseen his side&aposs worst start to a campaign since 1962, with eight defeats from 15 games across all competitions.
On Friday, United suffered a fresh injury blow amid confirmation that Casemiro will be out for &aposseveral weeks&apos after picking up a hamstring injury on Wednesday. However Raphael Varane travelled south with the squad after recovering from illness.
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The major news from the team was regarding a player not involved, with Marcus Rashford absent from the matchday squad entirely due to injury. Alejandro Garnacho starts in his place at the ground he scored a late winner at last season. Rasmus Hojlund returns to the starting line-up after being rested midweek, while Antony has also come back in on the right.
Casemiro&aposs absence has left a gap in defensive midfield and Ten Hag has decided to drop Scott McTominay into the role this afternoon. He will be the deepest of a trio that also includes Christian Eriksen and captain Bruno Fernandes.
Varane has come back into the squad but is fit enough only for the bench, with Jonny Evans continuing to partner Harry Maguire at centre-back. Diogo Dalot had a torrid half against Newcastle in midweek and was hooked at the break, but the Portuguese international does start at left-back.
Ten Hag has made a change at right-back, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka earning his first start since suffering an injury against Brighton in September. The 25-year-old improved things down that side after coming on at half-time in midweek. Andre Onana, as ever, starts in goal.
Supporters took to social media to share their surprise at Rashford&aposs absence.