Manchester United predicted line-up v Stoke City

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has a number of decisions to make ahead of the Carling Cup quarter-final clash against Stoke City tomorrow night.

The Red Devils chief has no new injury concerns following the win over Aston Villa, but is likely to rotate his squad for a trophy that is low on the priority list.

That means Anders Lindegaard is likely to get another chance between the sticks, having featured in the 4-0 win against Norwich City in the fourth round back in October.

In defence, Alex Buttner should come in at left back, whilst Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic could once again find themselves in the line-up for a Capital One clash. At right-back, Fabio is likely to get the nod ahead of Chris Smalling.

In defensive midfield, Marouane Fellaini is cup-tied, but Ryan Giggs could be tasked with making the team tick from a deep-lying position. That means Darren Fletcher could well make his first start since returning from illness for Manchester United.

Looking further forward, and Shinji Kagawa remains a doubt through illness. And, if the Japanese international sits out for the Old Trafford outfit, it might give Ashley Young a chance to operate behind the striker. Wilfried Zaha could get another chance to impress on the right, with Luis Nani working on the other flank.

Up-front, Robin van Persie remains out through injury, and with plenty of games in a short space of time, Wayne Rooney can expect to be rested. That means Javier Hernandez will lead the line for Manchester United.

Manchester United predicted line-up v Stoke City:

Lindegaard; Fabio, Ferdinand, Vidic, Buttner; Fletcher, Giggs; Zaha, Young, Nani; Hernandez.

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