Date: Wednesday 23rd February 2022
Time: 9:00 pm
Stadium: Estadio Wanda Metropolitano
Referee: Ovidiu Hategan (Romania)
Prediction: Atletico Madrid 1-1 Manchester United
Atletico Madrid Team News
Atletico will be without the services of both Yannick Carrasco and Felipe through suspension on Wednesday night, while Daniel Wass and Matheus Cunha are both out through knee injuries.
The home side are also sweating on the availability of Thomas Lemar following a suspected positive COVID-19 test, but Antoine Griezmann is back fit, recovering from a muscular problem to make the squad against Osasuna, and the France international is expected to be on the bench here.
Simeone could decide to start Sime Vrsaljko at right-back with Marcos Llorente ahead of him, while Cunha’s absence in the final third could see Joao Felix start alongside Luis Suarez; Geoffrey Kondogbia could also come into the team alongside Koke in the middle of the park.
Atletico Madrid possible starting lineup:
Oblak; Vrsaljko, Gimenez, Savic, Reinildo; Llorente, Koke, Kondogbia, Correa; Felix, Suarez
Manchester Utd Team News
As for Man United, Mason Greenwood is out due to a club suspension, while Edinson Cavani remains a doubt due to a groin problem, but Eric Bailly could recover from an ankle issue to make the squad.
Interim head coach Rangnick has big decisions to make all over the field following the win over Leeds, with Elanga’s energy and work-rate potentially earning the youngster a start in a wide area ahead of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard.
Fred is also in contention, but Paul Pogba has impressed since his return from injury and could feature alongside Scott McTominay in midfield, with Bruno Fernandes, Jadon Sancho and Ronaldo also starting.
Diogo Dalot and Raphael Varane both came out of the starting side against Leeds but are expected to return to the back four for this match, with Victor Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka dropping to the bench.
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Pogba; Elanga, Fernandes, Sancho; Ronaldo