Manchester United Likely Line-Up For Hull City In EFL Cup semi-final

Manchester United take on Hull City at Old Trafford in the EFL Cup semi-final first leg this evening hoping to take a giant step towards the final at Wembley.

The Red Devils have already beaten the Tigers this season, a 1-0 Premier League win back in August thanks to a 92nd minute winner from Marcus Rashford. They will be hoping for victory again to put them in the driving seat ahead of the second leg at the KCOM Stadium.

Jose Mourinho rested several players for United’s 4-0 win over Reading in the third round of the FA Cup and is likely to make yet more changes to his side for the Hull City clash, although he may still have one eye on Sunday’s Premier League clash with bitter rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford.

In goal, David de Gea could be given a rare night off with Sergio Romero in need of some game time and having been fairly faultless when called upon this season.

In defence, Antonio Valencia will likely replace Ashley Young at right-back with Chris Smalling and Daley Blind given the nod at centre-back.

Phil Jones has been in superb form recently but may well be rested, with Liverpool in mind, while Marcos Rojo is an injury doubt having picked up a knock and may not be risked.

At left-back Luke Shaw could finally return to the starting XI, although Matteo Darmian is also an option.

The much-maligned Marouane Fellaini is likely to come into the midfield, with the ageing legs of Michael Carrick given the night off, alongside Ander Herrera who was rested against Reading.

Ahead of the duo Mourinho has plenty of options but is expected to start Henrikh Mkhitaryan who will surely relish taking on a side that has struggled in the Premier League all season.

Paul Pogba could return after he was also rested against Reading with Jesse Lingard making up the attacking trio.

Up front Mourinho has a difficult decision to make with Marcus Rashford having started the clash against Reading and scored twice – his first goals since September, in the 4-0 win.

However, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who missed the FA Cup tie due to illness, is expected to have recovered and could replace the talented teenager as United look for goals and a healthy advantage to take to Hull ahead  of the second leg of the tie.