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How Manchester United Should Line Up Against Reading, Giving Some Youngsters A Chance

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After a hectic festive period, Premier League teamsĀ are looking forward to a more straightforward weekend ahead as theĀ FA Cup kicks off for the top clubs.

Manchester United will host Reading in a game that will see Jaap Stam return to Old Trafford 15 years after his infamous exit. While his side are far from routine opponents, the game does represent a chance for Jose Mourinho to rotate.

Here’s how we think the Reds should line out, with some talented youngsters included.

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Goalkeeper: Sergio Romero

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Although Sergio Romero is no spring chicken, he does deserve some minutes after several accomplished performances in the Europa League.

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Right-Back: Antonio Valencia

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While Roshaun Williams in the academy is capable of stepping up to the first team and has trained with the first team already, he has struggled with injuries of late.

Although Matteo Darmian could play, he’s too often proven himself to be sub-par for our liking.

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Centre-Back: Axel Tuanzebe

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It would be downright disgraceful if Axel Tuanzebe doesn’t get a chance in either this game or the League Cup meeting with Hull. His commanding performances for Nicky Butt’s Reserves should have led to a first team debut months ago but Mourinho has refused to afford him any opportunities.

That has to change this weekend.

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Centre-Back: Daley Blind

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If there is one fault to Tuanzebe’s game, similar to Eric Bailly, is that he’s prone to some headless moments. While that’s perfectly acceptable at his tender age, Blind’s calming influence will help him just as he aided the Ivory Coast international settle in during his first months at the club.

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Left-Back: Luke Shaw

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There are few in United’s squad in more desperate need of a start than Luke Shaw.

He’s been in and out of the team this season, partly due to injuries and partly due to a bizarre spat with The Special One. If he gets a chance, the former Southampton man can’t afford to produce anything less than his brilliant best.

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Defensive Midfielder (Carrick role): Sean Goss

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Goss was in the squad for Manchester United’s crucial Champions League game against Wolfsburg over a year ago and yet still hasn’t made his senior debut. He’s trained repeatedly with Mourinho’s squad this term and has continued to impress for the under-23’s.

If anyone at the club can replace Michael Carrick, it’s Goss and his wand of a left foot.

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Central Midfielder: Ander Herrera

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Ander Herrera has quickly become one of United’s most important experienced players on United’s books and will have to use every ounce of that experience if this team is going to work.

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Central Midfielder: Timothy Fosu-Mensah

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Fosu-Mensah does operate at his best slightly deeper but Goss’ inclusion means it’s a more advanced role for the Dutchman. Despite his prodigious talents, he hasn’t got a look-in this campaign and may as well ask to leave the club if he doesn’t start at least one of the coming games.

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Right Winger: Juan Mata

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Mata has been very unlucky to miss out in recent weeks considering the quality of performance he’s put in when called upon and should get a start against the Championship side.

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Left Winger: Anthony Martial

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Regardless of who’s playing with him, if Anthony Martial repeats the level of performance he produced against Middlesbrough, he could send United through on his own.

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Striker: Marcus Rashford

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 19: Carl Jenkinson of Arsenal (L) attempts to tackle Marcus Rashford of Manchester United (R) during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on November 19, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The boy from Wythenshawe has played just ninety minutes this season in his best position and should be rewarded for the “professionalism” his manager so often speaks of with a start against Reading.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.