Sunderland vs Manchester United: United’s Starting XI?
Having changed the team around a little for the FA Cup defeat to Swansea it is probable that we will see Moyes field his strongest side for the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final. Moyes has called for consistency and there is no better way to get your team firing that fielding your best eleven. If ever he needed a performance it is Tuesday night and teams don’t come much more vulnerable than against the leagues basement club – despite them knocking Chelsea out of the cup in the previous round.
I don’t think there will be any surprises to see David De Gea return in between the sticks. He earned the number one shirt under Ferguson and Moyes has re-affirmed that this season. Fielding Lindegaard in the FA Cup was the right thing to do. It gave him the game time he needed whilst DDG got the rest he no doubt deserves. Expect to see him back for this tie.
With Rafael and Ferdinand injured it is going to be yet another different four across the back for United. Vidic was rested on Sunday with this game in mind and will come back at the heart of the defence, as will Evra on the left.
There were calls for Buttner, after he whipped in a beauty for Hernandez, to be given a crack at the first team but I think Evra is still far and out our first choice left back and he is a great player for Buttner to develop from. We should see Smalling continue on the right with Evans in the centre. It might be worth Moyes reminding the boys that, despite being shaky at the back in the league, the team are yet to concede in this competition.
Januzaj was bright when he came off the bench against Swansea. I think with him not starting the match it gives us an indication he’ll play from the outset against Sunderland, where he bagged his debut goals for the club earlier this season. Carrick will return to provide that stability and it is more than likely he’ll be partnered by Cleverly – a combination which Moyes seems fond of. With Nani and Young both out injured there’s no doubt Valencia will be on the opposing wing to Januzaj.
With Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie not available for selection due to injury, suspect that Javier Hernandez would start up top given his goal against Swansea he’s bound to want to keep his goalscoring form going. His first touch has been letting him down as late but that may be due to lack of first-team football. A good 90-minutes under his belt against Sunderland would be good.
With Javier Hernandez up top I think that Danny Welbeck will sit just behind him to link up the play. Welbeck has more than proved his worth this season and despite all his doubters, those who see him play week in and week out know his quality.
Smalling, Evans, Vidic, Evra;
Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Januzaj;
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