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Man United, Bayern Munich Possible Lineups As Ten Hag Suffers Another Injury Blow
- Erik ten Hag has been handed another injury setback after Aaron Wan Bissaka was ruled out for several weeks
- Manchester United's start to the season has been poor at best, with Bayern Munich awaiting them
- We take a look at the probable lineups as Thomas Tuchel and Ten Hag prepare to go head-to-head
Manchester United have been handed another injury blow ahead of their blockbuster tie against Bayern Munich on their Champions League return.
The Red Devils will travel to the Allianz Arena for the first of the two games, expected to be one of the matches of the group stage.
Erik ten Hag will be out to stem a run of poor form that has seen United collect only six points from their opening five games. They have lost back-to-back games, going down to Arsenal and Brighton on either side of the international break.
They will now make the Germany trip without defender Aaron Wan Bissaka, who has now been ruled out for 'several weeks,' as reported by the club's website.
This compounds Ten Hag's problems. He is already without Antony and Jadon Sancho due to discipline-related issues, plus the likes of Mason Mount, Raphael Varane, Luke Shaw, and Sofyan Amrabat, who are also on the mending table.
Ahead of the showdown in Munich, we take a look at how both teams could line up as the 2023/2024 Champions League season gets underway.
Let's start with the home team. The presence of Harry Kane will boost confidence in Bavaria that they can go all the way and clinch a seventh title.
The Three Lions captain has been off to a terrific start in Munich, scoring four times and assisting once. Thomas Tuchel will be serving a suspension picked up from last season, but no major changes are expected from the side that drew with Bayer Leverkusen on Friday.
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Joshua Kimmich continues his rumoured wrangles with Tuchel, with the midfielder getting subbed off after 61 minutes. He later on gave a coy response on his substitution, but he is fit.
Tuchel is also said to be wary of placing Matthijs De Ligt at the back, which essentially means Dayot Upamecano and Kim-min Jae are expected to start.
Kingsley Coman and Raphael Guerrero will miss the game, as well as long-term absentee, Manuel Neuer.
Bayern Munich's probable XI: Sven Ulreich; Konrad Laimer, Dayot Upamecano, Kim-min Jae, Alphonso Davies; Leon Goretzka, Joshua Kimmich; Leroy Sane, Thomas Muller, Serge Gnabry; Harry Kane.
In Ten Hag's defence, he has been hard done by with injuries to key players. The Dutch manager doesn't have a lot of options at the moment. Casemiro is not yet up to speed this season. He came off after the hour mark over the weekend, but he should start at the Allianz Arena.
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Lisandro Martinez and Victor Lindelof will be the go-to defensive pairing, given that Ten Hag doesn't trust Harry Maguire. Wan Bissaka's injury means that Diogo Dalot and Sergio Reguillon are set to continue their fullback duties for the foreseeable future.
Upfront, Ten Hag will be keen to start Rasmus Hojlund after the Dnaish striker appeared bright for some spells of the game against Brighton. Marcus Rashford and captain Bruno Fernandes are the other undroppable players.
Given Bayern Munich's propensity to attack, McTomminay might also partner Casemiro in midfield in a bid to dilute the threat Tuchel's side possess.
Manchester United's probable XI: Andre Onana; Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof, Lisandro Martinez, Sergio Reguillon; Casemiro, Scott McTomminay; Bruno Fernandes, Christian Eriksen, Marcus Rashford; Rasmus Hojlund
Brighton mock Man United
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Brighton have brutally mocked Manchester United on social media following their convincing Premier League win at Old Trafford.
United, who were keen to return to winning ways, were stunned 3-1 at home to continue with their horrendous start to the new season.