Manchester United have confirmed their starting XI ahead of Erik Ten Hag’s first cup final at the club, with the Red Devils taking on Newcastle United in the League Cup.
Having beat FC Barcelona to progress to the next round of the UEFA Europa League, spirits are high with the Manchester giants heading into their first domestic cup final since 2018, with the Old Trafford side confident of lifting the League Cup against Newcastle.
With the Magpies without Nick Pope or former United loanee Martin Dubravka, ex-Liverpool keeper Loris Karius makes his debut for Newcastle in what could be another day to forget for the German shot-stopper, who must keep an in-form Red Devils at bay.
Here’s the starting XI Ten Hag has decided on as United look to end their five-year trophy drought…
Confirmed Manchester United XI to face Newcastle United
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Starting XI: De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Shaw; Casemiro, Fred, Antony, Fernandes, Rashford; Weghorst
Substitutes: Heaton, Maguire, Malacia, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka, McTominacy, Sabitzer, Garancho, Sancho
Having scored the winner against Barcelona on Thursday, Antony makes the starting XI in what is potentially United’s biggest match of the season so far, with Jadon Sancho dropping to a bench which features the likes of Alejandro Garancho and Marcel Sabitzer.
The only other change Ten Hag has made is the return of Diogo Dalot, who starts ahead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, another player who was substituted off in United’s 2-1 win against Barcelona during the week, with the usual defensive starters of Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane pairing up at the back.
With Fred and Casemiro starting once again in the midfield, Ten Hag has gone for a trusted XI that will be hopeful of getting the job done against Newcastle in what is lining up to be a historic League Cup final for both sides.