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Bailly to partner Lindelof? – Predicted 4-2-3-1 Man United XI to face Tranmere Rovers

Manchester United players celebrate after a goal. (Getty Images)
Manchester United players celebrate after a goal. (Getty Images)

Manchester United Prediction: Probable XI to face Tranmere in the FA Cup

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United travel to Prenton Park on Sunday to take on Tranmere Rovers in the fourth round of FA Cup.

The Red Devils lost their last two Premier League games 2-0 against Burnley and Liverpool, leaving them stationed fifth in the table. Solskjaer’s side will be raring to bounce back and advance into FA Cup’s fifth round.

United’s opponents, Tranmere Rovers overcame a much-changed Watford team 2-1 after extra-time on Thursday night and will look to spring another upset on Sunday.

Team News

Victor Lindelof has recovered from the illness that kept him out of the Burnley game. He’ll be available to face Tranmere Rovers. Meanwhile, Axel Tuanzebe will be back after the mid-season break.

Manchester United Prediction: Probable XI

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Sergio Romero (GK)

Romero kept a clean sheet in the replay victory against Wolves in the FA Cup third round and deserves to start in goal on Sunday.

Diogo Dalot (RB)

Wan-Bissaka has played a lot of games and needs rest, so Solskjaer could hand Dalot a start at right-back. The Portuguese has struggled with injuries but is now fit and raring to make a mark.

Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof annoyed with referee's decision. (Getty Images)
Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof annoyed with referee’s decision. (Getty Images)

Victor Lindelof (CB)

Lindelof has been a regular fixture since the start of the season. Having recovered from illness, the Swede will walk straight back into the starting XI.

Eric Bailly (CB)

Bailly hasn’t played a single game this season after suffering a knee injury during pre-season in July. But the 25-year-old has now attained full fitness and should partner Lindelof at the back.

Luke Shaw (LB)

At left-back position, Solskjaer could provide Brandon Williams with some much-needed rest and start Luke Shaw against Tranmere.

Nemanja Matic (CM)

Matic has played continuously of late due to injuries to Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba. The Serb should retain his place in central midfield.

Andreas Pereira (R) celebrates with Jesse Lingard (LW). (Getty Images)
Andreas Pereira (R) celebrates with Jesse Lingard (LW). (Getty Images)

Andreas Pereira (CM)

Partnering Matic in central midfield could be Pereira, who will be raring to put a strong display after being hauled off at half-time against Burnley.

Angel Gomes (LW)

Gomes has failed to showcase his talent under Solskjaer this season, yet he’ll be given an opportunity against Tranmere in the FA Cup.

Jesse Lingard (CAM)

Lingard is bereft of confidence and energy, having failed to score or assist in 19 Premier League games this term. He’ll be aiming to grab this opportunity with both hands and help Manchester United qualify to FA Cup’s fifth round.

Mason Greenwood of Manchester United during the FA Cup Third Round match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United at Molineux on January 04, 2020 in Wolverhampton, England. (Getty Images)
Mason Greenwood of Manchester United during the FA Cup Third Round match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United at Molineux on January 04, 2020 in Wolverhampton, England. (Getty Images)

Tahith Chong (RW)

Just like Gomes, Chong hasn’t repaid Solskjaer’s faith this season. However, he could still start at Prenton Park on Sunday.

Mason Greenwood (ST)

Leading United’s attack could be Greenwood, who is a clinical finisher in and around the box.

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