Manchester United’s best chance at lining the trophy cabinet with more silverware this season probably comes in the FA Cup. Jose Mourinho’s men head to Huddersfield in the fifth round, but the game certainly won’t be easy.
The manager has named his starting XI, and understandably, he’s gone strong. What is interesting is that it looks as though we’re going to see a change in formation from the Red Devils, with what looks like a 4-3-3 being deployed. The only problem? Paul Pogba, our best player, is missing through injury.
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Sergio Romero starts in goal, with David de Gea presumably being rested. Luke Shaw gets the nod, with Ashley Young moving on over to the right-hand side. Antonio Valencia isn’t named in the squad. Victor Lindelof plays in the place of Phil Jones, he’ll partner Chris Smalling at the back.
Then we move onto the aforementioned three-man midfield, with Nemanja Matic at the base. He’ll have Michael Carrick and Scott McTominay just in front of him, but the concern for me is that if injury strikes, the only other option we have is Ethan Hamilton; who played for the U23s just last night!
Our strongest area is up front. Alexis Sanchez will play on the left, with Juan Mata starting on the right. Romelu Lukaku will lead the line. If we’re struggling, United can call upon both Anthony Martial and Angel Gomes from the substitutes bench.