The Manchester United fans have been relatively downbeat in the Transfer Tavern since their defeat against Newcastle United last weekend, and they are hoping their side will return to winning ways this evening against Huddersfield.
Jose Mourinho takes his side to The John Smith’s Stadium this evening to face Huddersfield in the 5th round of the FA Cup. United’s slim hopes of lifting the Premier League title were dealt a decisive blow last weekend as they lost 1-0 to Newcastle at St James’ Park, so the FA Cup represents their final realistic hope of lifting domestic silverware this season.
Mourinho has a brilliant record in cup-competitions so the Red Devils faithful will certainly be expecting their side to qualify for the 6th round with relative ease tonight, but they will need to learn their lesson from earlier in the season if they wish to progress against Huddersfield this evening. United were defeated by David Wagner’s side back in October in a feisty affair which finished 2-1, and the travelling side should expect nothing less than a high-intensity contest once again this afternoon.
With that to consider, Mourinho should pick his most diligent midfield player to help United win the key battle in midfield, namely Ander Herrera (valued at £27 million by Transfermarkt), but unfortunately, he has been ruled out of the tie with a thigh injury. Herrera’s absence means that the struggling Paul Pogba will presumably be handed another opportunity to prove himself this evening.
However, if Pogba once again fails to prove that he is capable of playing in a deeper role alongside Nemanja Matic at the centre of midfield then Mourinho should drop him for Herrera when the Spaniard returns to full-fitness.
For all of Pogba’s outrageous qualities, he is clearly lacking the level of concentration and sense of positioning that is needed to play in his current role, so unless he can disprove that argument with an intelligent midfield performance against Huddersfield today, he will surely lose his place in the starting line-up in the near future.
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