The Return Of Anthony Martial And Jesse Lingard? Manchester United Team To Face Wolves: Predicted Lineup
The top-four pursuit is on hiatus for Manchester United this weekend, with the FA Cup taking focus.
Having seen off both Arsenal and Chelsea in the previous rounds, the Red Devils have been rewarded with a trip to Molineux to face Wolverhampton Wanderers.
United are still suffering from a depleted squad, with numerous injuries hindering interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ideal selection. They’ve also been handed arguably the hardest draw of the round - aside from Manchester City who they should expect to face either in the last four, or even the final, should they progress past Wolves who have a full-strength squad to choose from.
Nuno Espirito Santo has done wonders in the west Midlands, and we should be in for a thrilling encounter on Saturday evening.
Here’s how Manchester United could line up for their FA Cup Quarter-Final clash.
Goalkeeper: David De Gea
Left-back: Luke Shaw
Romelu Lukaku’s player of the season (so far). What a season the 23-year-old is having, finally living up to the high expectations which greeted his arrival from Southampton in 2014. Has played the full 90 minutes in the last two rounds and will surely
Centre-back: Victor Lindelof
The Swede has been immense in defence, arguably one of the top five centre-backs in the Premier League this season.
Centre-back: Chris Smalling
Has developed a real astute, trusting partnership with Lindelof and recovering some faith from the United faithful. Even if Phil Jones wasn’t still out with illness, he’d find it hard to displace his fellow countryman in the United backline.
Right-back: Diogo Dalot
Remember how much the introduction of the Portuguese - for Eric Bailly - against Paris Saint-Germain added some much needed dynamism for the Red Devils at the Parc des Princes? Against Southampton as well in that rollicking 3-2 win at Old Trafford? Has been benched in the previous two rounds, but will come in for the suspended Ashley Young.
Midfield: Paul Pogba
Was simply magnificent in the game at Stamford Bridge, where the Frenchman produced an excellent cross for Ander Herrera’s opener, and a brilliant header of his own to seal the deal. The club’s most expensive player is certainly in contention for the captain’s armband next season.
Midfield: Nemanja Matic
Was disappointing against Arsenal last week, and a big game is needed from the Serb, otherwise fans will be clamouring for the impressive Scott McTominay to be part of the XI.
Ander Herrera has been recovering well and is in contention for a starting spot. However, it’s looking likely that Fred will take the final position in a midfield three, having gained a bit of confidence and endearing himself to fans in Paris. Like Matic, needs to make up for a poor performance produced last week at the Emirates.
Forward: Anthony Martial
The Frenchman is back in training to the relief of United fans everywhere as the team gears up to the final sprint of the season, and battling on three fronts.
Forward: Marcus Rashford
Romelu Lukaku is an injury doubt, and young Mason Greenwood is suffering from an illness. Marcus ‘Balls of Steel’ Rashford is a cert to spearhead.
Forward: Jesse Lingard
Juan Mata is still out, and Lingard is in a race against time to be fit. If the 26-year-old manages to convince on his hamstring recovery, we’re back to that terrific triumvirate. It wouldn't be a surprise however, with the international break coming up, that Lingard's return is postponed.
The FA Cup Quarter-Final of Wolverhampton Wanderers versus Manchester United kicks off at 19:55 (GMT) on Saturday 16th March 2019.