Cristiano Ronaldo makes his Europa League debut at the age of 37. Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has provided a base place for the Portuguese star.
Ronaldo has so far played on behalf of United, Real Madrid and Juventus alone in the Champions League, but on Thursday he appears kicking off in the Europa League duel with Real Sociedad. He forms a vanguard with Anthony Elanga and Antony. The Brazilian ex-Ajacied had a dream debut last weekend by scoring against Arsenal (3-1).
Ten Hag gives Lisandro Martínez rest. Harry Maguire gets a chance in the second club tournament in Europe. Tyrell Malacia does keep his spot. Remarkably, Donny van de Beek is not in the match selection at all. Casemiro is in midfield alongside Fred and Christian Eriksen.
After a difficult start, Ten Hag has the wind in its sails at Manchester United. Prior to the game at Old Trafford, a minutes silence will be observed due to the death of Queen Elizabeth.
Lineup Manchester United: De Gea, Dalot, Maguire, Lindelöf, Malacia, Fred, Casemiro, Eriksen, Antony, Ronaldo, Elanga
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