Predicted XI: Manchester United vs Swansea City – Kagawa and Januzaj together again

by Tom Newbold

David de Gea – There appears to be no dropping De Gea at the moment from David Moyes.

Fabio – A cup game may provide the rare opportunity for Fabio to be given a start in the right-back berth.

Nemanja Vidic – Vidic may get a third start in a row against Swansea, especially considering Rio Ferdinand appears to be out of favour at the moment.

Chris Smalling – Unless Moyes dares to partner the ageing Ferdinand with the similarly ageing Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling looks to be a shoe-in to start on Sunday especially considering Jonny Evans is due a rest.

swansea-homeAlex Buttner – Buttner is set to start one of United’s upcoming cup games; perhaps it will be this home tie.

Antonio Valencia –  Arguably United’s in-form winger right now with Nani and Ashley Young suffering from injuries, Valencia appears a certainty to start today.

Michael Carrick – In his search for form and fitness, it would be a surprise for Carrick not to start this game.

Ryan Giggs – Choosing Carrick’s partner is more of a mystery as any of Fletcher, Cleverley or Giggs may be chosen. For this all-Premier League FA Cup tie however, Giggs is set to be the more likely choice.

Adnan Januzaj – In an ideal world David Moyes may be reluctant to give an 18-year-old so many starts in a short space of time but due to injuries and form, Januzaj almost has to start this fixture.

Shinji Kagawa Wayne Rooney may be absent due to an ongoing groin problem, hinting at a potential start behind the striker for Shinji Kagawa, just as against Norwich last week.

Danny Welbeck – The in-form Welbeck appears doubly important in the absence of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.

Formation: 4-2-3-1

David Moyes will be hard-pushed to pick the correct side with so many injuries but also a need to keep things fresh and rotate. No doubt the four day gap from United’s last fixture will help, but the away match at Sunderland on Tuesday will also be playing on his mind.

The triple inclusion of Giggs, Januzaj and Kagawa provide flexibility and fluidity on the left-hand side as each may interchange positions. Alex Buttner will provide a stable wide attacking force on that side, or indeed will Patrice Evra if he is picked.

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