Champions League qualification prioritised? How Manchester United and Chelsea should line up for FA Cup semi-final

Manchester United and Chelsea will both take their minds off the top-four race for the small matter of an FA Cup semi-final on Sunday.

It’s the start of eight days which will define the seasons of both clubs – and it’s live on talkSPORT.

Solskjaer has got the better of Lampard on numerous occasions this season

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Solskjaer has got the better of Lampard on numerous occasions this season

Both United and Chelsea can still qualify for the Champions League and win the FA Cup, which would turn an average season into a very successful one.

However, the Red Devils and the Blues could easily end up empty-handed come July 26.

Only one point separates Chelsea in third and Manchester United in fifth, with Leicester sandwiched between them, and everything hangs on the last two Premier League fixtures.

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Unfortunately for traditionalists, Champions League qualification is more of a priority for the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United these days.

Which means, crazy as it sounds, we can expect both managers to ring the changes at Wembley on Saturday.

talkSPORT.com takes a looks at how both sides could line-up…

Chelsea and Manchester United will both want to get their hands on the famous trophy

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Chelsea and Manchester United will both want to get their hands on the famous trophy

How Manchester United should line up

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer broke a run of five consecutive matches without changing his side during the 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Thursday.
And you can expect more changes on Sunday. There are plenty of players chomping at the bit to get minutes.

The likes of Fred and Daniel James, who impressed earlier this season, have been forced to watch on as the likes of Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes have lit up the Premier League.

Expect them to get a run out, as well as Sergio Romero, who usually plays in goal for United during the cup competitions.

How Chelsea should line up

Chelsea must do without France’s World Cup winner N’Golo Kante against the Red Devils on Sunday.

The former Leicester star remains sidelined with a hamstring injury, leaving Jorginho in the frame to sit at the base of midfield again.

Lampard’s biggest headache, then, lies in midfield – and who he picks alongside the Italian.


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