Match to be played Wednesday January 22 2014. Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester.
The away side lead 2-1 heading into the game and it’s an important match for United boss David Moyes, as he looks to salvage any piece of silverware which can make up for a disappointing league campaign so far.
Here’s the side Moyes may go with.
GK – David De Gea
De Gea is one of the best goalkeepers in England and he’ll offer United some security at the back. He can make key saves from any position.
RB – Rafael
The Brazilian should slot in on the right hand side of defence. He’ll get up and down that side of the pitch throughout the game.
CB – Phil Jones
Jones started in midfield against Chelsea but the time has come to drop him into the back four. He’s capable of producing a superb performance here.
CB – Jonny Evans
Evans reads the game well and gets into the right positions. He looked off the pace against Chelsea but this is another chance for him to impress.
LB – Alexander Buttner
Buttner should slot in after Patrice Evra picked up a slight problem against Chelsea.
RM – Antonio Valencia
Pace down the right hand side of the side is going to be key and Valencia is as quick as anyone else in the squad.
CM – Michael Carrick
The magnitude this game now holds for United means Carrick could start when Moyes may have preferred to rest him. He’ll occupy space and cut off the angles.
CM – Ryan Giggs
Giggs can inject experience, maturity and a little bit of quality into the midfield. He’ll be an important player for United if they don’t get off to a good start.
LM – Shinji Kagawa
Kagawa can offer control in possession out on the left. He’ll come inside and rotate with Giggs throughout the game.
ST – Adnan Januzaj
Januzaj could start up front for United, dropping off into a left midfield role with Kagawa pushing inside if United end up protecting a narrow lead late in the game.
ST – Danny Welbeck
United need someone versatile who can lead the attack. Welbeck’s work ethic means he’ll try and occupy more than one player in the Sunderland defence throughout the game.
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