Raphael Varane is a shock inclusion in Manchester United’s starting lineup against Nottingham Forest this evening.
The Frenchman appeared in the World Cup final, and seemed to be injured, so it was expected that his return would take longer.
He partners Luke Shaw at the heart of United’s defence.
Another surprise inclusion is Tyrell Malacia, who comes in for Shaw at left back with Victor Lindelof the absentee.
According to The Athletic, there is illness around the camp which could explain the absences.
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Elsewhere, Antony returns on the right wing, with Marcus Rashford switching back to the left and Alejandro Garnacho dropping down to the bench.
David de Gea, as expected, returns in goal after Martin Dubravka’srare outing against Burnley last week.
Scott McTominaydrops out altogether – suggesting illness – with Casemiro returning to his normal central midfield position.
Against Burnley the Brazilian was used as a makeshift centre back.
Here, then, is tonight’s confirmed line-up:
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