Double injury boost as Solskjaer makes 5 changes | Expected Man Utd XI vs Wolves
Manchester United take on Wolves at Molineux on Saturday night in the quarter finals of the FA Cup. Here is the line-up I think Solskjaer will go with:
Manchester United take on Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Saturday night in the quarter finals of the FA Cup. Here is the line-up I think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will go with:
Goalkeeper: David De Gea could be set for a rest as Sergio Romero has played in each of the last three games in the FA Cup this season and Solskjaer has hinted he’s ready to stick with the Argentinean international tomorrow.
Defence: Man Utd will be without Ashley Young due to suspension so Diogo Dalot could start at right-back against Wolves while Luke Shaw should keep his place at left-back as he’s been virtually ever-present under Solskjaer in recent months.
Phil Jones is back in contention after returning to full fitness but he hasn’t played in over a month so the United boss might be reluctant to throw him straight in to action. Solskjaer may be tempted to freshen things up in defence though so Eric Bailly could replace Chris Smalling alongside Victor Lindelof in the middle of the back four.
Matteo Darmian and Antonio Valencia remain unavailable for selection but they might be fully fit after the upcoming international break.
Midfield: Nemanja Matic made a successful return from injury during Man Utd’s league defeat at Arsenal last weekend so he should retain his place in the holding role while Paul Pogba is expected to once again start in the middle of the park.
United have been boosted by the return of Ander Herrera as the Spaniard is expected to be named in the squad after taking part in full training this week following a hamstring injury. He might come straight back in to the side so Fred may find himself dropping to the bench alongside Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira.
Attack: Man Utd’s options in attack could be boosted by the return of Jesse Lingard as he’s taken part in training this week after recovering from a hamstring injury that’s kept him out since the Liverpool game.
Anthony Martial returned from a groin problem with a substitutes appearance against Arsenal last week so the Frenchman should be recalled to start for Man Utd against Wolves this weekend.
However, Romelu Lukaku is a major doubt after picking up a foot problem against the Gunners. United will assess him ahead of the game but I don’t think Solskjaer will risk the Belgian hitman from the start at Molineux.
Therefore, Marcus Rashford could lead the line up front but Alexis Sanchez is still a number of weeks away from returning to action after suffering a knee injury against Southampton earlier this month.
Juan Mata is also still out for Man Utd with a hamstring injury so Mason Greenwood will be hoping to overcome illness to force his way in to Solskjaer’s squad if Lukaku is ruled out.
Here is how we think United will line-up:
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