Manchester United have failed to secure victory from any of their three previous away matches, but will be expected to get back to winning ways on the road against League One outfit Yeovil Town in the FA Cup third round on Sunday afternoon.
Louis van Gaal’s star-studded side are the overwhelming favourites to beat the Glovers, who currently sit rock bottom of the League One table, at Huish Park in arguably the biggest ‘David vs Goliath’ tie of the FA Cup so far this season.
But Yeovil, managed by Gary Johnson, know the Red Devils are far from invincible - and only need to look back to August to see what is possible if they catch United on an off-day.
MK Dons defeat
Yeovil’s League One rivals MK Dons humiliated Van Gaal’s men in the Capital One Cup second round earlier this season, thumping the Premier League giants 4-0 at stadium:mk.
But Manchester United’s line-up, despite the fact that fixture happened less than five months ago, looks very different these days.
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The likes of Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck, Nick Powell, Shinji Kagawa, Anderson and Michael Keane all started for Manchester United on that now infamous night on which the Red Devils plummeted to new depths.
None of those players will be involved against Yeovil this weekend, as United aim to increase their unbeaten run to 11 matches, while booking their place in the FA Cup fourth round in the process.
No wholesale changes
Because United are only playing one match a week at present, Van Gaal is unlikely to make wholesale changes for this match against lower-league opposition. But the veteran Dutch coach will take this opportunity to rest a few players ahead of his side’s next Premier League fixture against Southampton on January 11.
From the team that drew 1-1 with Stoke City on New Year’s Day, Tyler Blackett could come in for Jonny Evans, who was poor against the Potters.
Rafael may replace Ashley Young at right wing-back, with Ander Herrera taking the place of Michael Carrick in central midfield.
The Spaniard could play just behind an attacking midfield two of Wayne Rooney and Adnan Januzaj, while James Wilson may be handed a start alongside Radamel Falcao upfront.
Another potential change may involve in-form goalkeeper David de Gea, who could be handed a well-deserved day off, with Anders Lindegaard taking his place in between the sticks.
United's record signing Angel di Maria, meanwhile, is expected be amongst the substitutes and could even make an appearance in the second half.
Manchester United: Predicted XI v Yeovil Town
Lindegaard; Rafael, Jones, Smalling, Blackett, Shaw; Herrera, Rooney, Januzaj; Falcao, Wilson.
Yeovil Town 0-3 Manchester United
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