Manchester United have named a strong squad for their FA Cup showdown with Watford on Saturday night. The Red Devils take on the Hornets seeking a return to winning ways, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side losing 2-0 to Manchester City in midweek. And it seems they’ll be deploying a strong side for the match at Old Trafford.
United are seeking a first FA Cup triumph since 2016, back when Louis van Gaal ruled the Old Trafford roost.
And the Red Devils have now confirmed their squad for the match at the Theatre of Dreams.
Dean Henderson has made the squad, with the England international expected to get the nod between the sticks.
David De Gea should then be on the bench, with Sergio Romero left out of the squad ahead of his move away from Old Trafford.
With defenders, United have named Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Alex Telles.
Luke Shaw has been given a night off, meaning Telles should start at left-back for the match.
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At centre-back United have decided to leave Victor Lindelof out, instead choosing to name Axel Tuanzebe, Eric Bailly and Harry Maguire in their squad.
Regarding midfielders, Fred and Nemanja Matic may the cut – alongside Scott McTominay.
Donny van de Beek, Bruno Fernandes, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard are also at Solskjaer’s disposal, with the latter hoping to make his first domestic appearance since a 3-0 win over Brighton earlier in the campaign.
And, up top, United have gone with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Odion Ighalo.
Solskjaer is eager to win the FA Cup, with the 47-year-old still yet to win a trophy since being appointed as Jose Mourinho’s replacement two years ago.
“When you go into a new competition you always want to win it,” he said.
“We’ve got a good tradition and history in the FA Cup and of course we want to keep that going.
“We want to bounce back after the disappointment of Wednesday but there are some players that got knocks from the game on Wednesday so they’ll be left out.
“Of course some players will come in and there will be some changes definitely. We’ve just got to respect the schedule and the situation everyone is in.”
Solskjaer hinted Ighalo would be involved off the bench, adding: “Odion, of course, it’s special for him because it’s Watford.
“He’s been training really hard and it’s one of those decisions which is always difficult.
“He’s come in and done really well until last summer and then he’s not really had his chances. He will be involved against Watford.
“Actually, yesterday in the round-robin tournament he was the top scorer, so he hasn’t lost his finishing touch.
“I don’t know how many goals he ended up with, but he’s still as sharp and he’s in the squad. There will be changes.”
United battered Watford 3-0 last season when they faced off in the Premier League at Old Trafford.