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Predicted XI – Manchester United vs Sunderland: Kagawa and Januzaj start together

by Tom Newbold

David de Gea – Largely unnoticed by others, De Gea may think he could have been stronger for Chelsea’s goals on Sunday. He will be looking to banish those memories with a commanding performance against Sunderland.

Rafael – Rafael’s attacking tendencies could be vital in getting the breakthrough in this semi-final second leg.

Phil Jones – Jones’ return from injury is timely with Nemanja Vidic’s suspension. He can be expected to edge Chris Smalling for a place in midfield on Wednesday.

Jonny Evans – Evans has been Moyes’ first choice centre-back for much of the season and will need to put in a good shift against Sunderland.

sunderland-home-22-janAlex Buttner – After Evra limped off against Chelsea, unless he has made a typically quick recovery, Buttner is set to come in.

Michael Carrick – Carrick performed admirably at Stamford Bridge and appears to be picking up some form at a crucial time for United.

Darren Fletcher – A start was deemed not appropriate at the weekend but the experienced Scot is likely to be called upon against Sunderland.

Antonio Valencia – Rarely rested, the partnership with Rafael might once again secure the Ecuadorian’s starting place in this fixture.

Shinji Kagawa – Perhaps unlucky to miss out on Sunday, Kagawa can expect to return to the starting line-up against Sunderland.

Adnan Januzaj – United’s man of the moment can elevate himself to new levels by inspiring a win to get United to Wembley.

Danny Welbeck – Welbeck will be looking to continue his good recent goalscoring record on Wednesday night.

Formation: 4-2-3-1

The return of several injured players makes United’s squad look stronger than of late.

Ryan Giggs, Javier Hernandez, Ashley Young and even the likes of Tom Cleverley and Wilfried Zaha could all provide decent options from the bench, with Chris Smalling set to be the representative substitute defender. Although unlikely, David Moyes may yet spring a surprise in the return of Wayne Rooney from injury.

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