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Confirmed Starting XI: Chong on the bench; Rashford, Lukaku & Martial lead the line against Juventus

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Manchester United take on Juventus in the UEFA Champions League at Old Trafford this evening. The return of Cristiano Ronaldo, for the second time since his departure from the club in the summer of 2009. Many will be excited about this prospect, forgive me for viewing him as just another opposition player coming to the Theatre of Dreams. Ronaldo was one of the best players to ever play for the club but for me, that part of the clubs history is over now.

It will be a match that also sees Paul Pogba go against his former club for the first time. In a fortnight, he will be preparing to play at his former stadium for the first time since returning to United in the summer of 2016. United have raised expectations over the last few weeks, after a turbulent time which saw them winless in four matches. Beating Newcastle United, overturning a 2-0 deficit, winning 3-2, was followed with a good game at Stamford Bridge this weekend.

Anthony Martial seems to have restored himself to the pinnacle of the club once again, scoring three goals in the last two matches. Hopefully, he can take some of the strain off Romelu Lukaku, who has not been in the best form for United recently, despite scoring countless goals for Belgium. Jose Mourinho still has the backing of the Old Trafford faithful, and millions of other supporters elsewhere. Many still want him to be sacked, however, the club seems to be taking no action, for now.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw;

Mata, Matic, Pogba;

Rashford, Lukaku, Martial

Substitutes:

Romero; Bailly, Darmian; Pereira, Fred, Herrera; Chong

United and Juventus have played 12 competitive matches in the history of both clubs. Both clubs have won five matches each, drawing the other two. United have won the last three matches played, one of which was in the treble-winning season, the other two from fifteen years ago. A lot has changed since these teams last met home and away. United will be seeking a way to gain victory, coming out on top at the Theatre of Dreams. However, Juventus will be seeking to spoil the party.

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