Manchester United vs Wigan Athletic: Potential XI with Martial, Shaw and Bailly

by Leo Nieboer


Jose Mourinho will be determined to see his Manchester United side return to winning ways following defeat on Thursday against Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup fourth round.

A second leg 2-1 defeat at the hands of Hull City in the League Cup semi-final was enough to send Mourinho’s men to Wembley but put an end to Man United’s 17-game unbeaten run.

Mourinho, speaking after the game, made it clear that he would rotate his squad for the game against Wigan.

And with that in mind, here is a potential XI ahead of Sunday’s contest with Warren Joyce’s side.

Mourinho has already confirmed that both Sergio Romero and Anthony Martial – reportedly unhappy with a recent lack of game time – will start on Sunday, and supporters will be keen to see how the Frenchman performs following a week packed with precariousness surrounding his position at Old Trafford.

Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo (deployed at left back) completely failed to impress against Hull, making a series of errors both on and off the ball. Supporters will hope to see Eric Bailly, who returned from an unsuccessful African Cup of Nations earlier this week, receive a chance to impress alongside Luke Shaw – seen in the match-day squad on Thursday for the first time since late November.

Antonio Valencia will also resume his place at right back after enjoying a well-deserved rest during the week.

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