OLD TRAFFORD (Sporting Alert) — Manchester United have named a very strong team for tonight’s FA Cup fourth round replay clash with Cambridge United at Old Trafford.
Manager Louis van Gaal made five changes from the starting lineup that played on Saturday in the 3-1 win over Leicester City, but the squad remains very strong.
Chris Smalling, Juan Mata, Jonny Evans, Paddy McNair and Marouane Fellaini are all drafted into the starting XI for tonight’s game.
Despite reports that Victor Valdes would have been handed his senior debut for the Red Devils, first choice goalkeeper David de Gea keeps his place between the sticks, with captain Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Angel Di Maria, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo all keeping their spots from the weekend.
Manchester United will be going for goals tonight after playing to a surprised 0-0 draw in the first leg, but Van Gaal will also be cautious about the visitors counter-attacking threats.
Ashley Young returns to the match day squad tonight as a substitute after recovering from a hamstring injury, while Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Ander Herrera, Radamel Falcao and James Wilson also starts on the bench.
Cambridge United, in the meantime, have named former Manchester United midfielder Luke Chadwick in its starting lineup.
Ryan Donaldson, who impressed in the first leg at home, as well as Tom Champion, Greg Taylor, Josh Coulson, Cameron McGeehan and Michael Nelson — all start.
However, Liam Hughes and Harrison Dunk are both missing because of injuries.
Manchester United: De Gea, McNair, Smalling, Evans, Rojo, Fellaini, Blind, Mata, Rooney, Di Maria, van Persie. Subs: Valdes, Jones, Falcao, Young, Herrera, Valencia, Wilson.
Cambridge United: Dunn, Tait, G. Taylor, Coulson, Donaldson, Champion, Elliott, Simpson, Nelson, McGeehan, Chadwick. Subs:Miller, Norris, Gaffney, Morrissey, Ball, B. Taylor, Kaikai.