Manchester United will be looking to extend their remarkable unbeaten run when they face Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Sunday night.
United have already beaten Chelsea three times this season and will be boosted in the knowledge they have progressed from 15 of their last 17 FA Cup semi-final ties.
Below, our MEN United writers pick their teams to face Chelsea.
United have already beaten Chelsea three times this season and it should be February’s away win at Stamford Bridge which forms the base for the approach at Wembley on the weekend.
Solskjaer has favoured three centre-backs against most of his rivals in the Premier League this season and bringing Bailly in for Greenwood might make sense for a tense encounter.
Romero comes in for FA Cup duty, while Williams should start if deemed fit. Matic also has to return in midfield with Fernandes and Pogba both catered for in the changed formation.
Rashford and Martial are the two men in-form up front, while James and Greenwood could both be deadly gamechangers if introduced from the bench.
The back three has been a regular tactic for Solskjaer in the biggest games this season, but there’s two reasons not to play it at Wembley. Firstly, the success of recent weeks in a back four and secondly the absence of Luke Shaw, who brings balance to the back three.
So Brandon Williams should get the nod at left-back now he’s fit again, while the midfield picks itself. United found out how important Nemanja Matic when he was on the bench on Thursday, while the Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes axis is undroppable for a game as big as this.
There should be another change in the front three though. Mason Greenwood has looked a little jaded this week and he could need a rest, with Daniel James starting in his place.
While United’s players are starting to show signs of fatigue due to the starting XI remaining largely the same over the six matches, I’d continue to player the strongest side with the chance of silverware so close.
Romero should come in as ‘cup keeper, however, especially as he’ll be useful if the match reaches penalties and Eric Bailly should also come in. Victor Lindelof has looked a little off the pace in recent games and the Ivorian played brilliantly against Chelsea in February.
Brandon Williams, if fit, should also start as a natural left-back, despite the encouraging performance from Timothy Fosu-Mensah against Crystal Palace. The only other change that should be made from that victory is the reinstatement of Nemanja Matic for Scott McTominay.
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