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The Manchester United lineup that should start against Liverpool in the FA Cup

Daniel Feliciano
Jan 22, 2021, 2:30 PM GMT
Manchester United sit top of the Premier League
Manchester United sit top of the Premier League | Pool/Getty Images
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Premier League leaders Manchester United prepare to go to battle with fierce rivals Liverpool for the second time in a week in the FA Cup fourth round this weekend.

United moved back to the top of the table with a 2-1 win over Fulham in midweek, thanks to a stunning Paul Pogba goal to come from behind.

With Liverpool struggling for goals, the Red Devils will look to put them to the sword and put in a better performance than they did at Anfield a week prior. Here's the starting lineup they should go for to ensure progression to the next round.

1. Goalkeeper and Defenders

Luke Shaw was man of the match at Anfield last week
Luke Shaw was man of the match at Anfield last week | Michael Regan/Getty Images

Dean Henderson (GK) - A cup game, so United's academy man should get the nod to start this one.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) -
The only real option at right-back right now, he did well against Sadio Mane last week and will be expected to do the same again.

Victor Lindelof (CB) -
The Swede was impressive at Anfield but dropped out of the side for Fulham. Eric Bailly had a sketchy game, so Lindelof should come back in.

Harry Maguire (CB) -
The skipper, he starts whenever he is fit and that won't change in a game against their fierce rivals.

Luke Shaw (LB) -
Man of the match at Anfield last week, Shaw's record against Liverpool is very good and his form is excellent so he should start again.

2. Midfielders

Scott McTominay should return to the side
Scott McTominay should return to the side | Visionhaus/Getty Images

Scott McTominay (CM) - The Scot was rested against Fulham but is first choice for Solskjaer in big games and will come back into the team.

Fred (CM) - His energy and tackling are vital in big games, and he should keep his place in the team to ensure United are strong defensively.

Bruno Fernandes (AM) - When he's fit, he plays. Fernandes is the first name on the team sheet under Solskjaer.

3. Forwards

Rashford is United's best chance of a goal
Rashford is United's best chance of a goal | Pool/Getty Images

Juan Mata (RW) - Mata hasn't played in a while and with Pogba in great form it may seem weird, but he needs games and usually plays well against Liverpool. Rotation is key.

Anthony Martial (ST) -
His form has been poor this season, but his hold up play and pace make him more of a threat against Liverpool's defence so he should start.

Marcus Rashford (LW) -
Rested against Fulham, Rashford was a threat in behind at Anfield last week and should start this game from his preferred left-wing role.

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