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FA Cup 2018-19: 4 Manchester United players to watch out for against Chelsea

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Manchester United are on the up
Manchester United are on the up

It is no secret that Manchester United have massively improved under Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer. Their recent form has been amazing, as they have won all but two games under the Norwegian care-taker manager.

Solskjaer has surely brought back the United way of playing that the fans were craving for.

Against Chelsea in the FA Cup, the team will face one its most difficult challenges since the appointment of Solskjaer. That's especially so after they lost two goals to nil against PSG in the Champions League.

That loss, however, doesn’t take away from the fact that the players have looked more happy and assured under the Norwegian manager. They have been playing with all the confidence you’d expect of Manchester United players. When they walk onto the pitch they look like they want to win the match rather than looking defeated.

David De Gea continues to shine between the sticks, Paul Pogba now looks like a world class midfielder and Marcus Rashford is finally proving his potential. Of course, there have been other top performers in the team too such as Ander Herrera and Victor Lindelof.

Against a Chelsea side that has looked vulnerable at times this season, Manchester United will have to bring their A game if they are to get back to winning ways.

Here are four players that need to be on point if the team is to secure a win against Chelsea.

1. Paul Pogba

Pogba is finally living up to his potential
Pogba is finally living up to his potential

Paul Pogba is finally coming of age for Manchester United after initially struggling for form. The change to how he now approaches games can be attributed to the influence of Solsjkaer; he’s certainly been set free, and he’s thriving.


Since the appointment of the new manager, Pogba has looked rejuvenated and capable of being the player that Manchester United should build a team around. His huge potential is now showing, as he is bossing games from midfield under the Norwegian manager.

Chelsea will have taken note of this of course, and will want to keep a leash on him so as to avoid being marauded by his deadly attacks.

Pogba is slowly developing into a box-box midfielder now [with defensive burdens taken off], so that he can influence games often. Under Solsjkaer, the flamboyant Frenchman has already scored seven goals and contributed five assists in just 12 games. That’s pretty impressive for a midfielder.

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