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Manchester United predicted XI for FA Cup trip to Chelsea

On Monday evening, Manchester United will lineup at Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round.

The fixture sees a repeat of last years final, with the Red Devil’s seeking vengeance following defeat at Wembley back in May.

A loss to Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford in the first-leg of the last 16 tie sees United’s position in Europe looking bleak, meaning the FA Cup is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s only realistic shot at silverware this season.

Here is a look at how the Reds could lineup to take on Maurizio Sarri’s men.

GK – Sergio Romero

Has performed as United’s ‘cup ‘keeper’ in recent years, and rarely disappoints. Seen by many as the best backup ‘keeper in the world, the Argentine is a great option when de Gea is rested.

RB – Diogo Dalot

Being broken into the side more and more in recent weeks following a slow start to life at Old Trafford – another great chance for the 20-year-old to get experience under his belt at the highest level.

 

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CB – Chris Smalling

Missed out on the squad for Tuesday’s game vs PSG, although was brilliant against Fulham last weekend. Another chance of the English defender to prove to Solskjaer why he should be a regular in the Red Devils starting XI.

CB – Victor Lindelof

Has really stepped up thus far this season, and will be one of the first names on the team sheet week in, week out. Against a strong Chelsea side, a strong, in form defensive figure will be needed.

LB – Luke Shaw

Making the left-back position his own in recent months, and with the depleted full-back situation at the club, it is likely Shaw will continue to hold down his place on the team-sheet.

DM – Nemanja Matic

Andreas Pereira stepped into the side in Matic’s place last month, although was at fault for one goal and underwhelmed for large parts. With Solskjaer in the hunt for a trophy before the summer, it seems likely he won’t risk the Brazilian in a huge game like this, meaning Matic is the only other obvious choice.

CM – Fred

Has had limited game time since the turn of the year, with both Mourinho and now Solskjaer seemingly of the opinion he’s struggling to adapt to English football –  potentially a good chance to prove himself.

CM – Paul Pogba 

A red card vs PSG thankfully only stands for European competition, meaning United’s main man in midfield can play, and most definitely will.

 

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RW – Juan Mata

Replaced Lingard at half-time vs PSG, and with the injury situation outwide, despite a poor performance on that occasion, the Spaniard did play well when the sides met at the bridge in the league back in October.

ST – Romelu Lukaku

Has started both FA Cup games so far this season, and despite his poor form in the league, has impressed on both occasions, providing two assist vs Arsenal and scorings against Reading.

LW – Alexis Sanchez

Has also started both games in the cup, and spoke this week about his ambition to revive his Old Trafford career. Due to Martial’s injury is likely to get a chance to prove himself more frequently in coming weeks

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