As we’ve already seen today, Paulinho is ruled out of the New Year’s Day game at Old Trafford and that leaves a big question mark in the centre of midfield. Tim Sherwood would have been tempted to go with the same XI that started the game against Stoke but he will now be forced into one change at the very least.
Does Tim go for a direct replacement in the centre or does Christian Eriksen come back in from the left with either Holtby or Sigurdsson covering on that side?
Roberto Soldado’s penalty in the Stoke game indicates the same personnel up front, unless Sherwood wants to dispense with 4-4-2 for such a tough away fixture.
This preview has been written a little early for any official confirmation regarding our missing first choice full backs so we’re going with this starting line up but what’s your view?