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Manchester United 4-3-2-1 predicted XI vs Hull City – Martial Returns

Manchester United are back in action at the KC Stadium on Thursday night, with the matter of a EFL Cup semi-final tie with Hull City to settle. Goals from Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini in the first leg at Old Trafford have given United a comfortable lead, but Jose Mourinho won’t want any mistakes as he aims to take his side to Wembley for the showpiece final next month.

With Wigan Athletic the visitors this coming Sunday in the FA Cup fourth round, Mourinho can likely afford to start a side that is close to full strength on Thursday, so with that in mind, here’s how United could line up:

There’s little chance of Sergio Romero being given a start in such a massive game, so David De Gea remains in goal. Marcos Rojo was given last weekend off by Mourinho, and should return to partner Phil Jones in the heart of defence with Matteo Darmian coming in for Daley Blind at left back.

Michael Carrick was omitted from the squad that faced Stoke City on Saturday, and should return alongside the ever-present duo of Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba.

Mourinho’s attack is a little less easy to predict; Anthony Martial was also dropped on Saturday but could benefit from the increased space that Hull will likely offer due to their need to chase the game. Zlatan Ibrahimovic will start on Thursday ahead of being rested for Wigan’s visit, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan starting on his right.

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By Kevin T

Kevin Thatcher is a freelance journalist who's work has featured in various national and international publications, including Mail Online & The Mirror. Kevin has been a Manchester United season ticket holder in South Stand for many years, and writes for RedMancunian to combine both his love for writing, and club.

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