Manchester United fans are calling for Cristiano Ronaldo to start against Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford this afternoon.

Despite mounting speculation over his future, Ronaldo is still a United player as Erik ten Hag and his squad prepare to finalise their pre-season preparations.

Ronaldo missed the club’s summer tour, but has returned to Carrington and look set to feature against Spanish opponents — alongside promising youngsters and fringe players.

United were beaten 1-0 by Atletico Madrid in Oslo on Saturday afternoon and Ten Hag will make 11 changes for this follow-up game.

According to MEN starting XI that …

Goalkeeper – Tom Heaton

United still want to sign a back-up goalkeeper to offset Dean Henderson leaving on loan. When that happens, Tom Heaton might find chances limited, so this will be a priceless opportunity for him.

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The starting XI most supporters would like to see.

Defenders – Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, Luke Shaw

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Having watched Christian Eriksen make his first appearance for United on Saturday afternoon, the meeting with Rayo Vallecano could present Lisandro Martinez with a similar opportunity. Raphael Varane and Luke Shaw are being tipped to start after missing the trip to Norway, while transfer-listed Aaron Wan-Bissaka could also start.

Midfielders – Christian Eriksen, James Garner, Zidane Iqbal

Eriksen wowed United supporters during his 20-minute cameo in Oslo and there is every chance the Dane will play more minutes here, but will that be from the start? If so, he would add vital experience to a midfield trio that also features academy graduates James Garner and Zidane Iqbal, who impressed while on tour.

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Forwards – Jadon Sancho, Cristiano Ronaldo, Alejandro Garnacho

Ronaldo was always going to take centre stage upon his return to Carrington and there are lingering questions over his future. However, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will need minutes if he stays. Jadon Sancho was taken ill before the Atletico game and could flank Ronaldo if he’s fit and well, along with Alejandro Garnacho.

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