Jose Mourinho has some huge selection dilemmas on his hands as Manchester United prepare to take on Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup semi-final.
The Red Devils will be hopeful of progressing, but Mauricio Pochettino’s team have been in brilliant form, no doubt they’ll be tricky to beat, and we’ll need our gaffer to play a blinder when it comes to team selection.
After making several changes in midweek, that got us thinking about what big calls Mourinho has to make during this one. We’ve drawn up a list of three players who simply have to start if Manchester United want to progress through to another major final.
For whatever reason, the Ivory Coast centre-half hasn’t featured in our last few matches, but he’s still by far and away Manchester United’s best defender.
He brings a calmness to the back four, despite his aggressive defensive style. His pace is enough to match Spurs’ willing runners, whereas his tactical brain is our best answer to Harry Kane. Plus, his willingness to fight for the cause is unmatched amongst our current crop of defenders.
2. Ander Herrera
Everybody’s favourite Basque-born midfielder was superb in the Manchester derby, while also playing a key role in our victory over AFC Bournemouth in midweek.
Ander Herrera vs. Bournemouth:
Most tackles won (4)
2nd most interceptions (4)
Most ball recoveries (10)
Most passes completed (62)
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For all the talk surrounding United potentially bringing in a new central player, perhaps we’ve had the right man under our noses all this time. This is a guy who’ll fight for the cause, won’t shirk a tackle and will put 100% into absolutely everything he does. Plus, having that third body in midfield is absolutely key to getting a result against Spurs.
3. Marcus Rashford
This could be classed as a somewhat controversial selection, particularly with Anthony Martial having so many fans, but I just think Marcus Rashford offers more; on both sides of the football.
Mourinho loves his players to defend with diligence and you just know that Rashford will do exactly that. If I’m comparing both Rashford’s and Martial’s performances from midweek against AFC Bournemouth, it’s the Englishman who put in the better overall display. That, coupled with Mourinho’s trust should be enough for him to get the start that he deserves.