Manchester United will head to the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday to square up against Huddersfield Town in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
The Red Devils are considered immediate favorites in the competition, and the Terries will certainly be hoping to spoil the party. Let us look at the ways in which the two sides can lineup for the encounter:
Mourinho’s lads will be going into the encounter with a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle in the Premier League still fresh in their memories. As of such, the Mancunian outfit can’t afford to make any mistakes, and will be looking to make an early and swift impact.
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In terms of injury, much of United’s options are still sitting on the fence, particularly the likes of Marcus Rashford, Ibrahimović, Blind, and Ander Herrera, with the Spaniard most assured to be out of the fixture. Bailly and Fellaini, on the other hand, are more long-term absentees.
After Pogba’s dismal performance, the midfield duo is bound to get a change, and McTominay and the rejuvenated Carrick will be apt to given a chance to shine.
Defenders: Shaw, Rojo, Lindelof, Darmian
Midfielders: McTominay, Carrick
Attackers: Sanchez, Lingard, Mata, Lukaku
The side tasted temporary respite in the Premier League the past week as they edged above what is a shaky relegation zone, and needless to say, David Wagner’s men will be hoping to keep the dream of top-flight football alive for next season.
As of such, the weekend tie will be viewed with some doubt, as it does nothing to ease their league stress. Regardless, the game is bound to be relished by the home fans, and a chance to trump the giants, however improbable, will be too good to resist, considering the FA Cup’s knack for it.
Aaron Mooy, Chris Lowe, Elias Kachunga, Depoitre and Tom Smith are all on the injury list ahead of the fixture.
Goalkeeper: J. Lossl
Defenders: Hadergjonaj, Schindler, Jorgensen, Malone
Midfield: Hogg, Billing
Attackers: Ince, Pritchard, Parra, Mounie