Premier League leaders Manchester United prepare to go to battle with fierce rivals Liverpool for the second time in a week in the FA Cup fourth round this weekend.
United moved back to the top of the table with a 2-1 win over Fulham in midweek, thanks to a stunning Paul Pogba goal to come from behind.
With Liverpool struggling for goals, the Red Devils will look to put them to the sword and put in a better performance than they did at Anfield a week prior. Here’s the starting lineup they should go for to ensure progression to the next round.
Dean Henderson (GK) – A cup game, so United’s academy man should get the nod to start this one.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) – The only real option at right-back right now, he did well against Sadio Mane last week and will be expected to do the same again.
Victor Lindelof (CB) – The Swede was impressive at Anfield but dropped out of the side for Fulham. Eric Bailly had a sketchy game, so Lindelof should come back in.
Harry Maguire (CB) – The skipper, he starts whenever he is fit and that won’t change in a game against their fierce rivals.
Luke Shaw (LB) – Man of the match at Anfield last week, Shaw’s record against Liverpool is very good and his form is excellent so he should start again.
Scott McTominay (CM) – The Scot was rested against Fulham but is first choice for Solskjaer in big games and will come back into the team.
Fred (CM) – His energy and tackling are vital in big games, and he should keep his place in the team to ensure United are strong defensively.
Bruno Fernandes (AM) – When he’s fit, he plays. Fernandes is the first name on the team sheet under Solskjaer.
Juan Mata (RW) – Mata hasn’t played in a while and with Pogba in great form it may seem weird, but he needs games and usually plays well against Liverpool. Rotation is key.
Anthony Martial (ST) – His form has been poor this season, but his hold up play and pace make him more of a threat against Liverpool’s defence so he should start.
Marcus Rashford (LW) – Rested against Fulham, Rashford was a threat in behind at Anfield last week and should start this game from his preferred left-wing role.