Ten Hag expected to make five changes for Man Utd clash with Fulham

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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is set to make five changes for Sunday’s FA Cup showdown with Fulham. The Red Devils enter the match on a high after a 1-0 win over Real Betis on Thursday. So Express Sport now takes a look at their expected line-up for the game at Old Trafford as they look to reach the semi-finals of yet another competition.

Goalkeeper: De Gea

United have Jack Butland and Tom Heaton as deputy goalkeepers on their books.

But neither are expected to start, with the Red Devils instead primed to stick with David De Gea.

The Spain international is still going strong at the age of 32 and recently overtook Peter Schmeichel’s clean sheet record for the club.

De Gea still has limitations in his game, such as when it comes t playing out from the back.

But the veteran remains a safe pair of hands and there’s no reason to demote him as a result.

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Defence: Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Shaw

United could change three of the four players who started against Real Betis on Thursday night.

Diogo Dalot should come in, with the Portugal international falling behind Aaron Wan-Bissaka in Ten Hag’s pecking order in recent weeks.

Though Harry Maguire did well enough on Thursday, we’re expecting Raphael Varane to be restored to the side at the expense of the former Leicester star.

Varane is likely to partner up with Lisandro Martinez.

And Luke Shaw will feasibly come into the team at left-back, with Tyrell Malacia then dropping to the bench.

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Midfield: Sabitzer, Fred, Fernandes

One change United will be forced into making concerns Casemiro.

The Brazil international is set to begin his domestic four-game suspension, having seen red during his side’s 0-0 draw with Southampton last Sunday.

With Marcel Sabitzer fit again, the Austria international is expected to come into the side and go alongside Fred in the middle of the park.

Then, playing ahead of the pair, will be Bruno Fernandes.

The midfielder has been ever-present this term and, despite his minutes mounting up, is deemed too vital to take out of the team.

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Forwards: Sancho, Weghorst, Rashford

Facundo Pellistri made his full debut for United during the victory over Real Betis.

But it’s Jadon Sancho who should start on the right wing as the Red Devils look to make the FA Cup last eight.

Down the middle, Wout Weghorst will get another chance to prove his worth.

The Netherlands international has won round fans with his relentless hard work but, when it comes to scoring, he leaves much to be desired.

The same can’t be said of Marcus Rashford, though, with the England international primed to start after registering his 27th goal of the campaign earlier in the week.

United leaders issue rallying cry

Both De Gea and Fernandes have called on United to do everything they can to boost their chances of winning a second trophy of the season.

De Gea said: “At the end it doesn’t matter who we’ll play against because to get to the final and win a trophy we’ll have to beat the best teams in the competition: let’s keep going!”

And Fernandes added: “As David said, we have to beat the best to be in the final.

“Fulham is a really tough team, they’re playing really well with a manager that I know really well.

“They have good players, they have been in a good moment with confidence; we played them there [at Craven Cottage] and we knew how tough it was but we have to do our job. We want to beat them and will do everything we can to be in the semi-finals.”

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