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Van de Beek starts, Paul Pogba rested: Manchester United Predicted XI vs Watford

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to make plenty of changes for tonight’s FA Cup clash with Watford at Old Trafford.

And the worrying thing for their opponents is this United side is still looks very strong and could cause a lot of problems for several teams in the Premier League.

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The FA Cup third round will give Solskjaer the perfect opportunity to rest some of his key players like Anthony Martial, Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba.

However, Edinson Cavani being banned means he’s unavailable for Saturday, so Odion Ighalo may yet feature at some point in the second half.

Here is Football FanCast’s predicted starting line-up for this evening’s entertainment, which sees Solskjaer ring nine changes to the team that lost to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup.


Dean Henderson may be pushing for a recall after a fine performance against Pep Guardiola’s side, but we’re backing David de Gea to replace him in goal having been trusted with the gloves for most Premier League games.

But Victor Lindelof could drop out to give Eric Bailly a chance to stake his claim alongside club captain Harry Maguire with Alex Telles and Axel Tuanzebe forming the rest of the back four.

It’s likely Solskjaer will stick with his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation, which means he may hand Donny van de Beek a surprise start – since his arrival last year, the new summer recruit has made just eight starts from his 20 appearances across all competitions so far, via Transfermarkt.

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Nemanja Matic is also set for a start in the midfield, with support from Juan Mata ahead of him.

Daniel James could be given a rare opportunity in his favourite position as a right winger as he looks to rebuild his confidence after a difficult start to the season, so bringing Mason Greenwood in on the left and switching Marcus Rashford upfront makes sense.

AND in other news, Man United must bite the bullet and sell Phil Jones in January

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