Predicted Manchester United XI v Chelsea

After wins over Wolves, Tranmere Rovers, Derby County and Norwich City, Manchester United return to Wembley this Sunday for the FA Cup semi-final.

Our opponents are Chelsea, with one of Arsenal or Manchester City lying in wait for the victors.

This is a small break from United’s Premier League battle to qualify for the Champions League, but expect the same intensity. If not more.

Heading into the match the numbers look good. United are 19 games unbeaten and will be looking to stretch that run to 20.

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We face a Chelsea team who we have beaten three times already this season, by a combined score of 8-1, including twice at Stamford Bridge.

All that goes out the window now though, in a winner takes all match which could also have a psychological impact in next week’s Premier League tilt.

Selection decisions

United have to choose whether to play a full strength side, or gamble and rest up a couple of key players for the Premier League games with West Ham and Leicester next week.

FA Cup semi-finals only come along so often, and we expect United will put out near to the strongest team available.

One big decision is in goal. Sergio Romero has been United’s cup goalkeeper throughout the competition.

We would expect Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to keep faith with the Argentine and pick him ahead of normal number one, David de Gea.

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Left-back is the other dilemma. While Timothy Fosu-Mensah filled in against Palace, every chance will be given to normal first choice Luke Shaw to prove his fitness after rolling his ankle against Southampton. He remains United’s most likely starter here.

From here forward, the side should more or less pick itself. Mason Greenwood has been quiet the last couple of games, yet is still United’s best option on the right. What an opportunity it will be for the 18-year-old to start at Wembley.

Nemanja Matic began on the bench in midweek, likely with an eye on him starting here. He should make up a three-man midfield along with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.

This team should have enough to keep up United’s momentum and get to the final.

While anything can happen in a one-off game against another top, highly motivated side, this XI could be too good for Chelsea, who have still yet to come up against Pogba and Fernandes together in their three previous losses.

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