Strongest Manchester United Lineup (4-2-3-1) vs Hull City, Carrick Returns

Despite a comfortable 2-0 lead from the first leg, Manchester United are expected to field a strong line-up against Hull City as they look to secure a place in the EFL Cup 2017 final. Here is how Manchester United are expected to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation:


David de Gea is once again expected to be at the heart of the Manchester United defence, which has failed to keep a clean sheet in the last two games. The back four is a straightforward pick with Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, and Matteo Darmian expected to feature. It has been Jose Mourinho’s preferred defensive line-up over the last two months, and they have looked solid apart from a few shaky moments.


Jose Mourinho made a couple of key changes in the centre of the park for the last game against Stoke City with Marouane Fellaini coming in place of Michael Carrick. The move was to counter the Stoke’s physical presence, and Carrick may return to his holding position against Hull City. The engine provided by Ander Herrera is so crucial that the Spaniard has not missed many games for United of late.

Attacking Three

All eyes will be on the attacking trio of Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Wayne Rooney. Rooney is expected to come in for Juan Mata after having finally broken the goal scoring record with a fine free-kick against Stoke City. Mata did not make much of his rare start, and he could drop to the bench despite scoring in the first leg. Even though Mkhitaryan was slightly ineffective against Stoke City, he may continue his run in the first team. Anthony Martial is the only likely candidate who can start ahead of the Armenian International. If so, the Frenchman would fill in the left side with Rooney going to the right of the supporting front three.


Marcus Rashford started in the first leg. Even though he failed to score, the striker is expected to be given a start which he badly needs at the moment. Rashford will still have confidence from his brace against Reading in the third round of the FA Cup.

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