It seems that the news that the defensive trio of Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw were deemed not good enough for Manchester United by Ralf Rangnick is true, with all three players left out against Brentford.
It was revealed earlier, as reported in this press, that interim manager Ralf Rangnick in his presentation to the club board said that Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw were not good enough for Manchester United’s first team, pressing for all three to be replaced.
Now, the three main defenders of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are not in the line-up again The Red Devils as the German tactician once again relied on Alex Telles, Victor Lindelof and Diogo Dalot to form a defender quartet alongside Raphael Varane.
Scott McTominay, who has just returned from suspension, also came into the starting XI alongside Fred, with Anthony Elanga, who started against Aston Villa, also believed to have started in the first minute alongside Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who missed two games against Aston Villa with a hip injury, is now back in the starting XI to lead the line as he looks to prove himself after receiving the 2021 FIFA Special Award for his achievement as the top international goalscorer.
Other news is the inclusion of Anthony Martial on the bench after Ralf Rangnick claimed the France forward refused to be selected during the game against Villa at the weekend, with Marcus Rashford also available on the bench. Edinson Cavani, Luke Shaw, Jadon Sancho and Aaron Wan-Bissaka were not brought to the Brentford base.
Starting XI Manchester United vs Brentford: David De Gea; Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof, Raphael Varane, Alex Telles; Scott McTominay, Fred; Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Elanga; Cristiano Ronaldo
Bench : Dean Henderson, Tom Heaton, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Donny van de Beek, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford