Today’s FA Cup clash is drawing significant attention as Manchester United prepares to take on Newport County at Rodney Parade in just two hours, aiming to dodge an upset.
After a break of two weeks following their draw against Tottenham in the Premier League, Erik ten Hag’s team is looking to leverage their extra rest time to their advantage.
The squad could see the return of several key players for today’s match, including Lisandro Martinez and Luke Shaw, who are both contenders to start in the South Wales game.
In other team news, Altay Bayindir is expected to make his Manchester United debut, as Andre Onana is away for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Ten Hag has indicated that Martinez and Shaw are likely to be in the squad for today’s game. Although Harry Maguire has resumed training, his participation in today’s match is uncertain. Victor Lindelof and Tyrell Malacia are still out of action. Additionally, Jonny Evans has been battling illness and his availability remains doubtful.
Casemiro is anticipated to make a return, but Mason Mount is still sidelined. In the forward line, Marcus Rashford’s presence is uncertain due to illness.
The predicted lineup for Manchester United is as follows:
GK: Altay Bayindir
RB: Aaron Wan-Bissaka
CB: Raphael Varane
CB: Lisandro Martinez
LB: Diogo Dalot
CM: Kobbie Mainoo
CM: Christian Eriksen
CAM: Bruno Fernandes
LW: Alejandro Garnacho
ST: Rasmus Hojlund