MANCHESTER (Sporting Alert) — Manchester United have made one change from the side that beat Newcastle United in the last outing for today’s English FA Cup quarter-final clash with Arsenal at Old Trafford.
The change sees left-back Luke Shaw replacing the suspended Jonny Evans, with Marcos Rojo moving inside to play alongside Chris Smalling at center-back.
Angel Di Maria, Ashely Young, who netted the late winner against Newcastle, Ander Herrera, Daley Blind and Marouane Fellaini all start in midfield, with Wayne Rooney leading the attack.
Radamel Falcao, Juan Mata and Adnan Januzaj are all on the bench.
For Arsenal, in the meantime, former Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck returns to Old Trafford to face his ex-club and he will start upfront.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger makes five changes from the side which beat QPR, with goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny earning a recalled, while Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the starting team as well.
Looking ahead of the game, Wenger revealed that he was looking forward to the “special game” at Old Trafford, as his side hunts a semi-final slot.
“It is a special game because of the history, because of the size of the two clubs, because of the quality of the teams and because of what is at stake on Monday night,” he said on Arsenal.com.
“We want to go to Manchester United and [reach the semi-finals] and we want to focus to achieve it. We know that it will be down to workrate and solidarity again.
Captain Rooney has voiced his desires to win the FA Cup this term and manager Louis van Gaal believes that can only help to drive the team forward.
“He’s very motivated as a captain and a player. He wants to win a trophy and he hasn’t won the FA Cup yet,” Van Gaal said.
“You’ve seen how motivated he was in the last minute of the game at Newcastle, he was running and pressing, it was fantastic.”
Meanwhile, Manchester United fans have called on the club to start delivering against the bigger clubs this season and they are hoping for a good showing against the visit Gunners.
The likes of Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Juan Mata, Herrera and Shaw, have all been well short of their best form this campaign.
Manchester United are sitting fourth in the English Premier League, while Arsenal are above them in the points standings, at third place.
Man United starting XI: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Shaw, Blind, Herrera, Di Maria, Fellaini, Young, Rooney. Subs: Valdes, Rafael, Jones, Mata, Januzaj, Carrick, Falcao.
Arsenal starting XI: Szczesny, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Alexis, Welbeck. Subs: Martinez, Gibbs, Chambers, Ramsey, Giroud, Walcott, Akpom.