Man United’s tilt at a home cup double continues this afternoon as they welcome their Premier League rivals to Previous Trafford within the FA Cup quarter-finals. Erik ten Hag has already claimed the Carabao Cup in his debut season in cost, and his group are among the many favourites so as to add the FA Cup to the marketing campaign haul. They’re additionally favourites to win the Europa League.
Fulham have loved a superb season again in England’s prime flight as they push for a top-eight end, although current defeats to Brentford and Arsenal have halted their progress in current weeks. An enormous win immediately at Previous Trafford would see them attain the FA Cup semi-finals for the primary time since 2002, and so they might fancy their possibilities of an upset.
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“That seems like about as sturdy a group as Fulham may identify in the intervening time. Followers can be relieved to see Joao Palhinha again after serving his two-match suspension.
“The one normal starter disregarded is Manor Solomon, who’s being given a well-earned relaxation however will doubtless seem off the bench for Marc Silva’s facet.”
Varane a shock absence
Manchester United have named a robust facet as Casemiro begins his four-game suspension.
The influential Brazilian midfielder was despatched off for the second time this season throughout final week’s irritating goalless dwelling Premier League draw with relegation strugglers Southampton and can now miss 4 essential video games for Erik ten Hag’s facet. Marcel Sabitzer and Scott McTominay begin in midfield in his absence.
Winger Antony missed the Europa League last-16 second-leg win over Actual Betis on Thursday evening because of sickness however makes the bench right here. Anthony Martial shouldn’t be accessible regardless of returning to coaching after hip issues.
Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek are each long-term absentees for United, with Alejandro Garnacho additionally now sidelined for a number of weeks with an ankle damage.
Jadon Sancho will get the nod to begin, whereas Harry Maguire is in for an absent Raphael Varane, who is anticipated to be again after the worldwide break.
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Right here’s how the hosts look.
As sturdy as anticipated.
Silva needs a response
Marco Silva urged Fulham to place their current woes behind them immediately.
The supervisor needs a response at Previous Trafford after they had been comfortably overwhelmed at dwelling by the table-topping Gunners final weekend.
“We’ve to be at our greatest stage and never repeat some issues of the final two video games. It is clear for me,” Silva stated. “We’ve been making an attempt to go about it otherwise to point out in some moments and a distinct strategy with them to make them perceive what we have now been doing so properly this season.
“It isn’t simply two unhealthy outcomes – as a result of the outcomes are one factor – however not performing the way in which we usually carry out and as an entire we weren’t performing the way in which we must always in sure moments.”
Experiences suggesting that Wan-Bissaka, Sabitzer and Sancho additionally begin for United immediately.
Ten Hag centered
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag was conserving his concentrate on making an attempt to progress in one other cup competitors as takeover speak ramped up at Previous Trafford.
Ten Hag met Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s INEOS delegation on Friday, with representatives of rival bidder Qatari banker Sheikh Jassim Bin Hamad Al Thani having visited the membership on Thursday.
However Ten Hag confused his duties lie with issues on the pitch and, having secured progress by to a Europa League quarter-final towards Sevilla on Thursday evening, United now have Sunday’s FA Cup last-eight conflict with Fulham of their sights.
United have already gained the Carabao Cup and Ten Hag needs that have to drive his gamers on within the chase for one more trophy.
“After all, it’s large motivation,” he stated. “All of us actually loved Wembley, all of us actually loved successful a trophy and it needs to be the gas for the following one, get pushed by that concept, and that has to convey further power to beat Fulham.
“We’ve to after Sunday set conclusions however we are actually in three leagues competing and we need to keep in these, so Sunday is an enormous recreation for us.”
It appears like each Varane, Martinez and Shaw begin immediately, as anticipated. Ten Hag not taking any possibilities with Casemiro out.
Fernandes and Rashford had been all withdrawn with loads of time left on the clock in midweek, so also needs to begin.
Fulham are a distinct group with Palhinha within the facet however United are typically so sturdy at dwelling and have clearly designated cup competitions as an actual precedence this season.
I can’t see previous one other dwelling win for Erik ten Hag & Co.
Manchester United to win, 2-1.