Alexis Sanchez dropped, 4-2-3-1: Predicted Manchester United XI to face Brighton

Manchester United return to FA Cup action this weekend as they host Brighton & Hove Albion in the quarter-final stage. The Red Devils had a rather underwhelming performance during their surprise Champions League exit at the hands of Sevilla, and we are anticipating Jose Mourinho to make notable changes throughout the pitch.

Formation: 4-2-3-1


Sergio Romero had been United’s first-choice for the Cup competition this term, and the Argentine will presumably get the nod over David de Gea this weekend.

With the international break coming up, Mourinho may stick with Antonio Valencia in the right-back spot, though we are anticipating a change on the opposite side with Luke Shaw getting the nod over Ashley Young, who should have done much better, while defending Ben Yedder’s second goal for Sevilla.

In central defence, Eric Bailly is certain to retain his place after standing out with a couple of crucial challenges against Sevilla, and he could potentially partner Victor Lindelof, who has dropped to the bench for the past few outings.

In midfield, Nemanja Matic is probably an automatic choice for the Cup competition, and he could potentially be accompanied by young Scott McTominay, who has grown into his performances with every game. The 21-year-old has recently been called up to the Scotland national side, and he should be beaming with confidence.

Alexis Sanchez has had a visible lack of confidence which has hampered his overall game of late, and Mourinho could make a strong decision to bench after starting each of his previous 10 games for the club.

Should this be the case, we are fancying Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial to slot into the wider positions with Juan Mata starting ahead of Jesse Lingard in the number 10 position behind the main striker.

Like Bailly, Romelu Lukaku showed his presence in an attacking sense against Sevilla, and the players around him can surely learn more from the Belgian’s attitude and work-rate. He is set to lead the line.

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