Manchester United have a chance to pile on Liverpool’s poor run of form this weekend.

There has to be a winner at the weekend when United host Jurgen Klopp’s side in the FA Cup. Extra-time and penalties will decide it if need be.

The prospect of a possible 120 minute match is likely to feed into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team selection.

With a Premier League game upcoming on Wednesday, Solskjaer will not want to exhaust his top stars, who may be needed late in the game and for extra-time anyway.

Manchester United v Watford - FA Cup Third Round
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Who will be in

There are three players who look certain to play. These include goalkeeper Dean Henderson, who has established himself as United’s go-to man in cup competitions.

Alex Telles will also get his chance again at left-back. He was impressive in the previous round, creating six opportunities against Watford, but has been kept out of the team by Luke Shaw’s strong form since.

Another summer signing, Donny van de Beek, is also overdue a starting chance. This match is a great opportunity against strong opposition for him to really prove himself to Solskjaer.

Who might be in

The rest of the team selection is ‘up for grabs’ depending on how many changes Solskjaer decides to make. We expect there may be a further five in total to add to the aforementioned three of Henderson, Telles and Van de Beek.

This would see Dan James and Juan Mata provide a blend of pace and experience in attack, giving Van de Beek differing options in conducting United’s link-up play.


A midfield duo of Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay should provide United with adequate defensive cover.

Defensively this could be an opportunity for Axel Tuanzebe. Most probably it will be captain Harry Maguire who starts alongside him.

Why Martial?

In attack this could be a chance for Anthony Martial to start up front again. The last time he did at Old Trafford, he scored, in the win over Aston Villa.

United could decide to keep Edinson Cavani fresh for midweek. Martial’s link-up play is superior to Mason Greenwood’s, and United may also be looking to rest Marcus Rashford again.

One option is to leave out Dan James and shift to a 4-4-2, and select two strikers. Martial would likely be one of them.

Manchester United v Aston Villa - Premier League
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Bench options

United can name nine substitutes and use five. These will include stars like Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani and Fred, to use if required.

There could be experimental options too. Amad Diallo might be included and make his first ever appearance from the bench.

There may even be a last ever appearance for Odion Ighalo. He did not get his farewell game against Watford, and if United are leading comfortably, the Nigerian might get a run out in what would likely be his last game before his loan expires.

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