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Cristiano Ronaldo left out, Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez made their debuts


All eyes will be on Erik ten Hag on Sunday when he names his first Manchester United team in the Premier League.

There were some positive results in pre-season, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s situation and his transfer activity grabbed the headlines.

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Ten Hag has big decisions to make ahead of Sunday’s Premier League opener

The Red Devils face Brighton at Old Trafford on Sunday at 2pm and a quick start will be vital for Ten Hag to get the fan base on his side.

The 2021/22 campaign has been horrendous as they finished sixth on their lowest points tally in the Premier League era as they finished on just 58.

Finishing outside of the Champions League places was a blow and a big factor why Ronaldo wants to leave.

His status is still unresolved after missing their entire pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia.

The 37-year-old returned for showdown talks with the club and still remains a United player, but is still looking for an exit.

He featured in the friendly against Rayo Vallecano on Sunday but left Old Trafford at half-time.


Ronaldo might not feature in the first game of the season

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Ronaldo might not feature in the first game of the season

There are serious doubts over whether he will actually play on Sunday, with reports that he would be left on the bench if he made the matchday squad.

This would allow Anthony Martial to seize his opportunity in midfield, instead of the club signing no other strikers during the transfer window.

Marcus Rashford looks refreshed and revitalised, as it’s been a big year for Jadon Sancho.

Eriksen joined Man United on a free transfer this summer

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Eriksen joined Man United on a free transfer this summer

There will also likely be a few debuts for United with Christian Eriksen starting in midfield alongside Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay.

In defence, Luke Shaw failed to impress in pre-season and may have to make way for Tyrell Malacia – who would also make his debut.

Martinez joined United from Ajax in the summer for an initial fee of £46million

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Martinez joined United from Ajax in the summer for an initial fee of £46million

New signing Lisandro Martinez is in line to play on the left of captain Harry Maguire in the center of defence.

Diogo Dalot could also win the race to start at right-back against Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who is available for a transfer this summer.

Manchester United line-up to face Brighton

How Manchester United could line up against Brighton

How Manchester United could line up against Brighton

The Premier League is back and talkSPORT has it covered, with games on Friday, Saturday and Monday, starting with Crystal Palace against Arsenal on August 5



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