Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be looking to bounce back after his first defeat as Manchester United’s manager when his side take on Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
The United boss got his first taste of defeat on Tuesday night against PSG in the Champions League, having failed to lose any of his first 11 games in charge at Old Trafford, but will now get the chance for redemption.
With a number of England’s biggest teams already out of the competition the door has been left open for United to take advantage and deliver some silverware, although they will face a tough ask in trying to overcome a determined Chelsea side who themselves are looking to go all the way in the FA Cup.
Here’s how Solskjaer could line up his side on Monday night, factoring in some fresh injury problems.
1. Goalkeeper & Defenders
Sergio Romero (GK) – Usually at this stage of the competition managers often choose to revert to their first choice goalkeeper, however Romeo has really impressed when called upon in the FA Cup this campaign and he may well get his opportunity to shine on Monday.
Ashley Young (RB) – Although Solskjaer does have the youth of Diego Dalot available to him, expect him to put his trust in the experience of Young given the level of opposition they’ll be going up against.
Victor Lindelöf (CB) – Despite the disappointing defeat to PSG on Tuesday night, Lindelöf has put in a number of impressive performances this season and will be trusted with limiting the impact of Chelsea’s attacking force.
Phil Jones (CB) – He has struggled for regular game time this season, however Jones knows the significance of this fixture more than anyone in the United squad and will be eager to play his part should he get the call up.
Luke Shaw (LB) – Shaw has shown great maturity in recent months after enduring a torrid ordeal in recent seasons at Old Trafford, becoming a key member of United’s back line.
Nemanja Matic (CDM) – In a return to his former suitors, Matic will be keen to show Chelsea what they’re missing out on and help his current side progress into the next round.
Ander Herrera (CDM) – He hasn’t been a first choice midfielder in recent seasons, although Solskjaer looks to be fond of the Spaniard and will likely be keen to implement him on Monday, especially given his previous experiences of man-marking Eden Hazard to great success.
Juan Mata (RM) – Another former Blue, Mata brings a touch of elegance and a cool head to the United set up and will be keen to play his part on what will be an enthralling encounter.
Paul Pogba (CAM) – He’s been a rejuvenated player since Solskjaer’s arrival at Old Trafford and despite seeing red in United’s loss to PSG, the Frenchman will be keen to put that behind him and help his team progress.
Alexis Sanchez (LM) – Given the injury blow to Anthony Martial, it looks as though Sanchez is set to come in for the Frenchman with a point to prove to the fans.
Marcus Rashford (ST) – Another player who has progressed under Solskjaer’s reign, Rashford has been United’s biggest goal threat in recent weeks and will need to be on top form if he is to help United past Chelsea and into the quarter finals of the FA Cup.