Double injury blow as Solskjaer makes 4 changes | Expected Man Utd XI vs Chelsea

By on February 17, 2019

ole-gunnar-solskjaer-man-utd

Manchester United will be looking to bounce back from their defeat to Paris Saint-Germain when they take on Chelsea in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge on Monday night. Here is the line-up I think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will go with:

Goalkeeper: Sergio Romero has played in the previous two FA Cup games and Solskjaer may opt to stick with the Argentinean tomorrow night meaning David De Gea will make way between the sticks.

Defence: Man Utd are expected to make limited changes in defence but we could see Phil Jones given a recall alongside Victor Lindelof in the middle of the back four with Eric Bailly dropping out. Chris Smalling is pushing for a return to the squad after recovering from a foot injury but a place on the bench is probably the best he can hope for.

Luke Shaw has been enjoying a run in the team since Solskjaer came-in and he should retain his place at left-back while United are likely to go with the experience of Ashley Young at right-back up against Eden Hazard so Diogo Dalot may miss out.

Midfield: United have fielded a fairly settled trio in the middle of the park in recent months and I don’t think we’ll see any surprises against Chelsea. Nemanja Matic has been enjoying a fine run of form recently so he should start against his former club.

romelu lukaku-man-utd

Ander Herrera has also become a key figure under Solskjaer so he may keep his place ahead of Fred while Paul Pogba will be looking to bounce back following his sending off against PSG in midweek.

Attack: United have been dealt a double injury blow ahead of the game as Anthony Martial has been ruled out after suffering a groin injury against PSG while Jesse Lingard is also on the sidelines with a hamstring problem that he sustained in the Champions League defeat.

Therefore, we should see Juan Mata coming in to the attack with the Spaniard expected to take Lingard’s place on the right wing. Alexis Sanchez is also pushing for a recall but he’s struggling for form this season and was hugely disappointing when he came on against PSG so I think the Chilean international may be named on the bench against Chelsea.

Marcus Rashford is likely to keep his place but the England international may be pushed out to the wing in order to accommodate for Romelu Lukaku coming in to lead the line up front against his former side at Stamford Bridge.

Here is how we think United will line-up:

football formations

Loading...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *