Ralf names his team to face Wolves

Monday 03 January 2022 16:36

Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick has made two changes to the starting XI that beat Burnley 3-1 last Thursday for the first Reds match of 2022 against Wolves at Old Trafford this teatime.

Captain Harry Maguire and his centre-back partner against the Clarets, Eric Bailly, are both absent. It means a new-look heart of United’s rearguard with Raphael Varane back in the starting line-up after coming on as a sub last Thursday for Bailly.

And there is a first Premier league outing for Phil Jones for almost two years. Jones has been fighting injury and it is his first start in the division, since playing against Burnley on 22 January 2020.

His last appearance for United’s senior side was a goalscoring one against. Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park in the FA Cup third-round 6-1 win, four days later. Since then, it has been a long haul back for Jones.

Jones makes first appearance since 2020


Phil Jones is back in the United side on what promises to be an emotional evening for the defender.

Fred and Diogo Dalot are alterations to the bench that was on duty against Burnley.

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo captains the team for the first time since his return to Old Trafford. His fellow Portugal international Bruno Fernandes is a sub after serving a one-game suspension.

United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Jones, Shaw; McTominay, Matic; Greenwood, Sancho; Cavani, Ronaldo (c).

Subs: Henderson, Dalot, Telles, Fred, Fernandes, Lingard, van de Beek, Elanga, Rashford.