Ibrahimovic and Pogba start, 4-2-3-1: Predicted Manchester United XI vs Bristol City

Manchester United will look to continue their defence of the League Cup when they take on Championship high-flyers Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Wednesday. Jose Mourinho’s men have secured back-to-backs wins in the Premier League, but the Portuguese tactician will be expected to ring in the changes for the Cup quarter-final.

Formation: 4-2-3-1


Sergio Romero has been United’s Cup goalkeeper in recent seasons, and the Argentine is likely to start in goal in what will be only his fifth appearance of the campaign.

Likewise, the defence will certainly see changes with Matteo Darmian and Luke Shaw probable candidates to feature in the right and left-back positions. Both Marcos Rojo and Victor Lindelof started on the bench in the 2-1 weekend triumph over West Bromwich Albion, and the pair can be fancied to replace Phil Jones and Chris Smalling in central defence.

Scott McTominay produced a commanding performance in his maiden Premier League start versus Bournemouth, and the youngster could take up a central midfield role alongside Paul Pogba, who will be relishing a return to the playing field after his three-game suspension.

Anthony Martial only came on as a late substitute against the Baggies, and the Frenchman is likely to command the left-wing position with Marcus Rashford on the flank, whilst Jesse Lingard could maintain his position in the number 10 role.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been an unused substitute over the past three league games, and the Swede could potentially earn his first start of the season ahead of Romelu Lukaku, who may have to settle for a bench role. The Belgian has found form with back-to-back goals in the top-flight, but Mourinho will want to rest the 24-year-old to keep him unscathed during the congested festive schedule.

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