Manchester United will be aiming for comfortable progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup as they entertain League One’s bottom side Yeovil Town in front of a sell-out crowd at Huish Park.
This game comes just months after the Red Devils were thrashed by another third tier club in Milton Keynes Dons, but plenty has changed since then, with Louis van Gaal restoring organisation and confidence to the club, lifting them to third place in the Premier League thanks to an impressive run of form.
Two away draws over recent days have been met with a mixed reaction, and given the congested fixture list, it will be interesting to see how van Gaal lines up and how many star players he decides to rest. But the Dutchman will be determined to win a trophy in his first season at Old Trafford.
Last season, Yeovil were in lofty territory, competing in the Championship for the very first time in their history. A comparative lack of resources accounted for them in May, and they have not responded well, and their current position reflects a campaign in which they are yet to find any consistency.
The biggest problem for manager Gary Johnson is a chronic lack of goals, as they have netted just five times in 12 home league games, leading to just the solitary win. For the Glovers, this match comes 11 years to the day since they hosted Liverpool at this stage, losing 2-0.
Yeovil hope to have striker Kieffer Moore available after injury, while United are without Ashley Young, although there could be recalls for Ander Herrera and Adnan Januzaj.
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