The Manchester United Lineup That Should Start Against Chelsea

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The two sides are battling it out in the FA Cup and for a top-four spot | Visionhaus/Getty Images

With all eyes on the ensuing battle for a Champions League spot, it seems to have been forgotten that there is a massive FA Cup semi final clash on the horizon: Manchester United vs Chelsea.

This FA Cup semi-final will be the fourth time the two sides have met this season, and United will be looking to make it a clean sweep of victories having beaten the Blues in the previous three meetings – including that 4-0 thumping on the opening day.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may well have Wednesday’s fixture with West Ham United in mind when selecting his starting XI, yet he’ll no doubt be keen to take a step closer to clinching his first piece of silverware as United boss.

With that in mind, let’s have a look at how the Red Devils could line up on Sunday evening…

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Sergio Romero has been the man in goal in the FA Cup this season | Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Sergio Romero (GK): The Argentine stopper will likely get the nod for Sunday’s fixture having been the go-to man in the FA Cup so far this season.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB): The former Palace man has been exceptional for Man Utd this season.

Harry Maguire (CB): He’s not been at his best lately – and it might be best he was rested – but Solskjaer is unlikely to dispense of his captain in such a crucial game. He’s not the best suited to deal with pace, so the sight of 33-year-old Olivier Giroud may be a blessing.

Eric Bailly (CB): With Victor Lindelof not exactly having the best of times in the last few matches, the Ivorian could we be in line for a start. Let’s not forget, the former Villarreal man put in a dominant display against the Blues earlier this season.

Brandon Williams (LB): With Luke Shaw set to be out through injury, the youngster should recover in time from his head injury to slot in at left-back. He’s tenacious, committed and a real threat going forward – one for Gareth Southgate to keep an eye on.

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Nemanja Matic has become almost indispensable to Manchester United | GLYN KIRK/Getty Images

Nemanja Matic (CDM): If the win over Palace proved anything, it was that United simply can’t function without the Serbian at the moment. Having started on the bench in that victory, the imposing midfielder should be fresh to dominate against his former club.

Fred (CM): With Paul Pogba having played a lot of football in recent weeks, it may be time to rest him and give Fred a start. The Brazilian has been usurped of late, but could offer some much needed zip in midfield.

Bruno Fernandes (CM): He just can’t be left out, can he? The staggering start to life he’s made in Manchester has made him arguably United’s most important player and someone Solskjaer’s side are already heavily reliant upon.

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Odion Ighalo has scored three times so far in the FA Cup | Pool/Getty Images

Jesse Lingard (RW): The Englishman has been anonymous this season, yet seems to still be in his manager’s plans at the moment and has past experience playing – and scoring – in the FA Cup at Wembley.

Odion Ighalo (ST): He’s not exactly getting a look in in the Premier League, yet his form whenever he’s started in the FA Cup or the Europa League has been impressive. When the Nigerian starts, he normally scores.

Marcus Rashford (LW): A great individual on and off the pitch, the England international is beginning to look like a leader for United and scored that incredible free-kick against the Blues in the EFL Cup earlier this season.

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