Rio Ferdinand names his preferred Manchester United starting lineup vs Brentford

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has voiced out that he would love to see Cristiano Ronaldo in the starting lineup against Brentford this weekend.

Man United will return to Premier League action on Saturday when they play visitors to Brentford and will look to bounce back to winning ways.

The Red Devils got humbled by Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend following a disappointing 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford in what was Erik ten Hag‘s first competitive game as Manchester United boss.

The Dutchman started Christian Eriksen as a false 9 because Anthony Martial was ruled out of the clash with a minor hamstring injury and Ronaldo started on the bench due to lack of fitness.

Ten Hag brought in the 37-year-old forward shortly after the second half and United’s performance improved and forced Mac Allister to score against his own net.

Ferdinand doesn’t think Lisandro Martinez should start at the back against The Bees despite his much-improved performance in the second half and would rather have Raphael Varane partner Harry Maguire, who was decent throughout the entire match.

Rio Ferdinand predicts Manchester United starting lineup vs Brentford
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However, the former England international is not a fan of Fred and Scott McTominay partnership in the midfield and like many others, he witnessed how Manchester United improved in the second half after Eriksen dropped deep. As a result, he’s expecting a new look in the midfield that consists of Eriksen, Martinez and Fernandes.

The United legend said on his preferred lineup vs Brentford: “I’d start [Cristiano] Ronaldo upfront. I’d start Rashford on the left, [Jadon] Sancho on the right, or vice-versa.

“I’d play Eriksen, Bruno & Martinez as the holding midfielder – take Fred out. Dalot, Varane, Maguire and Shaw at left-back. De Gea in goal.”

Reacting on the Brighton defeat, Ferdinand added: “Cristiano should have started. You have to trust the players. In the end, what happened was not good for Ronaldo or for United. If Ronaldo had started, United would have had a better chance.”