Huddersfield Town vs Manchester United Preview

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After an embarrassing defeat to Benitez's Newcastle, we digress off the Premier League path to take on Huddersfield in the FA Cup. The boys in red travel to the John Smith's Stadium to play out the fifth round of the FA Cup. We have already played the Terriers twice this season and by now, Jose probably has the tactics and team set-up ready. 

Mourinho has just had the best presser as a Man United manager as he blasted journos for spreading lies about his relationship with Paul Pogba and how everything is alright. He also mentioned that Bailly is back and how he is in contention to start tomorrow. His demeanor in the press conference suggested a complete mood change in the dressing room and was rather reassuring.

After an astonishing season from Man City, we need to take a step back and reassess our season's aims. To prevent a trophy-less season, we need to take the FA Cup very seriously. The Premier League and Carabao Cup are out of question but a brave and spectacular effort in the Champions League with some FA Cup glory will at least end the season on a sweeter note. With the likes of Liverpool and Spurs playing some really intimidating football and Manchester City running away with the league, we really need to step up and make a statement. Bailly's return can spark some new life in the team and hopefully we'll take a turn for the better now!


After an awful showing at St. James' Park, this time's lineup will be an interesting one. It will be very tough to predict but here is my preferred lineup.

Goalkeeper: 
The world's best goalkeeper deserves a rest so we bring on the world's best backup goalkeeper. Romero hasn't done anything wrong for us in a United shirt and I don't see why he shouldn't be starting while De Gea gets some rest before the Champions League fixtures.

Defenders: 
Smalling and Jones need to be dropped. They were horrible against Spurs and now Newcastle. And with Bailly's return, a centre back pairing of him and Lindelof or Rojo makes a lot of sense. In my opinion, we need to get rid of Valencia and Young too. Valencia is great but he's 33 and his job demands a lot of pace. As for Young, we should have sold him a couple of seasons ago.

Midfielders:
I'd go for the much called upon three man midfield with Carrick and McTominay coming into the squad. All the rumours about Paul Pogba and his tiff with Jose has been exposed and as expected, none of them are true. The man is going through a dip in form but I don't even have a shred of doubt that he will stomp his way back into form. 

Forwards: 
This is the confusing bit. I want Martial to start and get back into goal-scoring form but at the same time, we need him for the Champions League tie.and we almost immediately face Chelsea after that.
I feel that Jose will play Sanchez against Seville and Martial against Chelsea. It could work either way but a few factors like experience will make it more suitable for a player like Sanchez to handle the European fixture.

My starting 11:
Romero; Lindelof, Rojo, Bailly, Shaw; Carrick, McTominay, Pogba; Lingard, Lukaku, Martial

Anyway, it will be interesting to see how we bounce back from the loss and in what manner. David Wagner set up very defensively when the sides met at Old Trafford last month. However, I don't expect them to do the same at their own ground. Players like Van La Parra, Mooy and Mounie will try to make life as hard as possible for our defence and after watching our horror show at Newcastle, they'll be smacking their lips. Either way, I feel we're going to grab the win but it will be a cagey affair. GGMU!

Score prediction: 3-1

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