It’s crunch time for Louis Van Gaal as the pressure rises on the Manchester United manager. The Red Devils take on Derby County in FA Cup 4th round action, and should they falter, things could get very dicey on the red side of Manchester.
“Everybody knows I have signed a three-year contract,” van Gaal said before the match, “and I have said in all my press conferences that is not one game, it is a process. I want to continue until the end.”
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Today is part of that process, and as a result van Gaal has selected a very strong lineup for the 4th round of the FA Cup, knowing that his job security remains on a knife edge.
Derby County: Carson, Christie, Keogh, Warnock, Shackell, Johnson, Butterfield, Blackman, Thorne, Ince, Martin.
Subs: Grant, Baird, Byson, Hendrick, Camara, Olsson, Russell.
Manchester United: De Gea, Varela, Smalling, Blind, Borthwick-Jackson, Fellaini, Schneiderlin, Mata, Lingard, Martial, Rooney.
Subs: Romero, McNair, Carrick, Herrera, Januzaj, Pereira, Memphis