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Man Utd predicted lineup vs Middlesbrough - FA Cup

Tom Gott
United are back in action
United are back in action / Naomi Baker/GettyImages
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After a much-needed break, Manchester United will be back in action on Friday when they take on Middlesbrough in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

United haven't played since seeing off West Ham with a 1-0 victory nearly two weeks ago, so manager Ralf Rangnick should have plenty of fresh faces to choose between, although international commitments could prevent him from calling on some of his preferred starters.

Here's how United could set up.


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

David De Gea
De Gea has been in sensational form / Laurence Griffiths/GettyImages

David de Gea (GK) - A loan exit was blocked for Dean Henderson in January. His desire to leave contributed to his omission from the squad in the third round, and there's a good chance Rangnick might keep him out of this one as well.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) - Diogo Dalot has excelled in Wan-Bissaka's absence, but the Englishman should return after shaking off an illness.

Victor Lindelof (CB) - Lindelof was away from the team because of personal reasons but should return for this one.

Harry Maguire (CB) - Club captain Maguire should keep his place in the squad and given another chance to rebuild his reputation.

Alex Telles (LB) - Luke Shaw may not be fully fit because of a hamstring problem, so expect Telles to see the majority of the minutes at left-back.

2. Midfielders

Jadon Sancho
Expect Sancho to start / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages

Nemanja Matic (DM) - Fred has been away on international duty with Brazil and is unlikely to start here.

Scott McTominay (DM) - With no Fred, McTominay can expect to line up alongside Matic.

Jadon Sancho (RM) - Back with the squad after a personal absence, Sancho should enjoy an extended run in the starting lineup while Mason Greenwood is suspended.

Bruno Fernandes (AM) - It would be nice to see Jesse Lingard get a run-out here after being forced to stay for the remainder of the season, but it's hard to see that happening.

Anthony Elanga (LM) - With Anthony Martial and Amad Diallo heading out on loan, it's between Elanga and Marcus Rashford for this final spot. Rashford will likely start in the Premier League against Burnley next week, so this one should be Elanga's.

3. Forward

Cristiano Ronaldo
United are short in attack / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Cristiano Ronaldo (ST) - Greenwood is suspended and Edinson Cavani has been busy on international duty in South America, so there's likely be no rest for Ronaldo.


You can read 90min's preview of the game here.

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