Predicted Manchester United XI to play Sunderland - Five to return for League Cup clash

Match to be played on 7th January 2014 at 19:45. Venue: Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

Manchester United have to forget about their FA Cup exit at the hands of Swansea City quickly, as they prepare to take on Sunderland in their League Cup semi-final.

It’s been a very frustrating season so far for Manchester United’s supporters and manager David Moyes, as they have seen progress and decent runs of form mixed in with some very disappointing results.

Although this competition is not the one that fans would like United to win this season, it is a chance to put another piece of silverware in the cabinet. Here’s the side Moyes could go with for tomorrow night.

GK – David De Gea

De Gea will be fresh after he was rested for the Swansea game. He’s proven to be a very good goalkeeper under pressure so far this season and distributes the ball well.

RB – Chris Smalling

Injuries to Rafael and Phil Jones mean that Smalling will more than likely have to continue at right-back. He’s better as a centre half but is professional enough to stay disciplined and organised.

CB – Nemanja Vidic

With Rio Ferdinand picking up a slight knock against Swansea, the Manchester United captain should come back into the side. He’ll be the man that Moyes urges to get a hold of the side.

CB – Jonny Evans

Evans could do with a rest in the near future but with the current injury list, Moyes will have to play him. He looks as though he could be in the United back four for many years to come.

LB – Patrice Evra

Evra should be fresh and ready to get stuck in. He adds even more experience to the back four and provides strength out on the left hand side whether he’s defending or further forward.

RM – Antonio Valencia

Valencia is arguably the best right midfield option United have. His pace and skill on the ball get him into good positions inside the opponent’s final third but his final ball has to be much better.

CM – Michael Carrick

Carrick will be the player who sits and controls things in the pocket between United’s defence and more advanced midfielders. He’s great at intercepting the ball and moving it on quickly.

CM – Ryan Giggs

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Giggs starting alongside Carrick. He didn’t feature against Swansea so he’ll be fresh and his experience in knowing how to control a midfield doesn’t need to be sold.

AM – Shinji Kagawa

United need someone at the top of their midfield, playing in behind a main striker. The Japanese star is at his best when he’s playing through the middle and can get on the ball.

LM – Adnan Januzaj

Januzaj will have very good memories of playing at Sunderland because he bagged a brace in the Premier League earlier in the season. Moyes will likely stick him on the left and encourage him to cause chaos.

ST – Danny Welbeck

Welbeck was switched to the left against Swansea and he became ineffective. He has to start at the top of the attack in a central position if Wayne Rooney isn’t fit enough to make the game.

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