United will be looking to bounce back instantly from a bitterly disappointing performance in the Manchester derby with a win against arch rivals Liverpool.
The temptation for David Moyes will be to play the same set of players but he’ll more than likely use the tie to rest several first team stars, as United look for three points in their next Premier League game.
Here is the side he may go with against Liverpool.
GK – Ben Amos
Amos has been David De Gea’s deputy for this season and this will more than likely be his first chance to impress. The Spaniard hasn’t been doing an awful lot wrong but if Amos can put together a commanding and efficient performance then he will give Moyes food for thought.
RB – Rafael
David Moyes confirmed last week that United would until the last moment over whether to risk Rafael in the Manchester derby. It was probably wise that they didn’t which means he could come back into the side for this match, potentially to be replaced at some point in the second half.
CB – Chris Smalling
Smalling was one of the only United players to come out of the Manchester derby with any credit. He looks very determined to make the most of his current run of games in the first team and he should be comfortable switching to a more familiar centre back role.
CB – Jonny Evans
Evans has been sitting on the bench as a deputy to Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic so far this season and he should come into the side. Evans is extremely experienced and can use this match to show the boss that he should be playing in the Premier League more regularly.
LB – Alexander Buttner
Buttner has the biggest point to prove out of everyone in the back four. Moyes’ pursuits of Leighton Baines and Fabio Coentrao over the summer showed that he doesn’t have a great deal of confidence in Patrice Evra’s back up and this is his chance to make a statement.
RM – Nani
Nani has been waiting for a chance following the news that he’d signed that new, big five-year contract at Old Trafford. He’s been inconsistent but he’s still capable of pulling teams apart.
CM – Tom Cleverley
Moyes likes Cleverley although he’s now lost his place in the Premier League side following the arrival of Marouane Fellaini. His job will be to sit in the middle, to get stuck in and generally control the flow and rhythm of the side’s attacking play, as well as linking each part of the side.
CM – Shinji Kagawa
Why Kagawa has been so neglected this season is a mystery. He’s the creative midfielder the current side craves and the only possible concern Moyes could have with him is that he’s a little bit lightweight. This is Kagawa’s chance to push for a starting role more frequently.
CM – Anderson
United’s Brazilian midfielder will have to do a lot of legwork in this game, flying around to try and break up the play as well as giving the middle of the side strength, creating a presence because the overall shape of the midfield is physically quite small.
LM – Danny Welbeck
Welbeck returned to a starting role against Manchester City because of a groin injury to Robin van Persie. Expect to see him start over on the left hand side, drifting in at times to get involved centrally. He always puts in a good shift in terms of effort and also offers protection to Buttner.
ST – Javier Hernandez
Chicharito should have a chance to lead the United attack and expect to see him play right on the shoulder of the Liverpool back four. He’s not the sort of forward who is going to drop into the midfield so all he should be focusing on, is getting into good positions to score goals.
What do you think? Is it a bad idea to change the entire side?
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