Man Utd predicted lineup vs Sheffield Utd today - Premier League

  • Man Utd are back in Premier League action on Wednesday night
  • Erik ten Hag is still without long list of defenders
  • Casemiro forced to deputise at centre-back in FA Cup semi-final

Manchester United were a mere toenail away from the ultimate FA Cup semi-final collapse.

An inexplicable surrendering of a 3-0 advantage to second-tier Coventry may well have been enough for Sir Jim Ratcliffe to boot Erik ten Hag out the door in the wake of Sunday's game, but VAR intervention handed the Dutchman a lifeline.

In the end, there was no major celebration following their penalty shoot-out victory. They'd won, but at what cost? Ten Hag's tenure, no matter how the season concludes, could be drawing to a close.

Progress from year one has been brushed under the carpet, and United have little to play for during their final few Premier League outings. A Champions League berth is highly unlikely thanks to their recent indifference, and Wednesday's contest against bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United is another where the Red Devils have little to gain but plenty to lose.

Here's the starting lineup Ten Hag could pick for Wednesday's game.

Man Utd predicted lineup vs Sheffield Utd (4-2-3-1)

Coventry City v Manchester United - Emirates FA Cup Semi Final
Man Utd progressed into the FA Cup final at the weekend - but very few were joyous / MB Media/GettyImages

GK: Andre Onana - The United goalkeeper denied Callum O'Hare in the shoot-out to help his side prevail. He'll undoubtedly face a barrage of shots in midweek.

RB: Aaron Wan-Bissaka - A harsh handball decision went against him at the weekend and Wan-Bissaka played all 120 minutes, but Ten Hag doesn't have any senior alternatives available.

CB: Casemiro - United's long list of defensive absentees meant Casemiro deputised at centre-back on Sunday. Given the rather quick turnaround, Ten Hag is unlikely to welcome back any of his currently injured stars.

CB: Harry Maguire - A trademark Maguire header doubled the Red Devils' lead at Wembley. The centre-back has tried to offer some stability at the heart of defence.

LB: Diogo Dalot - As is the case with Wan-Bissaka, Dalot got through a lot of work on Sunday and has featured heavily in 2024, but who could Ten Hag bring in to offer him some respite? Don't say Sofyan Amrabat.

CM: Christian Eriksen - Eriksen has previously complained about his lack of game time, and given United's inability to defend in the middle of the park without him, Ten Hag may as well give the classy Dane a go on Wednesday.

CM: Kobbie Mainoo - The teenage sensation is a shoo-in alongside a more-experienced midfield partner. Scott McTominay, goalscorer at Wembley, is a doubt heading into this one.

RM: Antony - Antony could get a rare start in midweek should Marcus Rashford be deemed unfit to feature. The spotlight will be on the Brazilian after his antics in midweek.

AM: Bruno Fernandes - Another staple in this United side, Fernandes has played more Premier League minutes than any of his outfield teammates this season. He's also notched an impressive 14 goal contributions.

LM: Alejandro Garnacho - The Argentine is adept off both flanks, but Antony's inclusion would force Garnacho wide left given the Brazilian's inability to operate anywhere else.

ST: Rasmus Hojlund - Hojlund must've been elated to have finally hit the back of the net with the winning penalty given that he hasn't scored since February 18. His influence has been minimal since returning from injury.