Blackburn Rovers vs Manchester United: Potential XI with Rashford and Shaw

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United will travel to Ewood Park on Sunday ahead of a week that could see them advance to the Europa League last 16 and claim the League Cup.

Jose Mourinho will be desperate to claim a fourth successive win ahead of what promises to be a potentially season-defining week for Man United.

That said, following Thursday’s exertions against Saint Etienne, the Portuguese will want to rest a number of players ahead of the second leg in France on Wednesday.

With that in mind, here is a potential XI for the game against Owen Coyle’s side, with Marcus Rashford stepping in for Zlatan Ibrahimovic at No.9 and Luke Shaw making another FA Cup appearance.

Rashford, as if often the case, didn’t take long to make his presence felt on Thursday night: the 19-year-old, his side 1-0 up, came on with 20 minutes remaining and created his side’s second five minutes later with a powerful run through the heart of defence. And with Blackburn undoubtedly looking to remain compact at the back, Rashford’s raw pace in behind could be crucial.

Shaw, on the other hand, hasn’t appeared since United’s 4-0 FA Cup over Wigan, and Mourinho may be tempted to use the Englishman once again in what promises to be scrappy encounter.

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