Man United vs Brighton in the FA Cup
The late match in England on Saturday night was at Old Trafford.
Manchester United hosted Brighton in the FA Cup quarterfinals.
When the team sheets came out there was a surprise in the Man United XI.
Jose Mourinho left a bunch of stars out of his starting team, while Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba were benched.
Man United vs Brighton team sheets
The sides were set up as follows.
Manchester United: Romero; Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Shaw; Matic, McTominay; Mata, Lingard, Martial; Lukaku
Subs: De Gea, Lindelof, Young, Fellaini, Pogba, Sanchez, Rashford.
Brighton: Krul; Schelotto, Dunk, Duffy, Suttner; Kayal, Propper, Gross; Locadia, Ulloa, March.
Subs: Maenpaa, Bruno, Goldson, Sanders, Izquierdo, Baldock, Murray.
Alexis Sanchez & Paul Pogba
So there were several changes in the Man United team.
Former Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez was placed on the bench for the first time since joining Man United.
Paul Pogba was again back on the bench following his cameo appearance in the Sevilla defeat.
In goal Romero kept his place in the FA Cup over David De Gea.
Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay and Anthony Martial were all back in the team, while Marcus Rashford was also left on the bench.
So why weren’t Sanchez and Pogba in the team?
After missing out in the United starting XI vs Sevilla, the Frenchman’s absence was very curious.
Sanchez was thought to be having a rest.
"In the last two months, the quality of his game has not been good enough."
Paul Scholes passes verdict on Paul Pogba. pic.twitter.com/NujhwwUfvR
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 17, 2018
You can argue Sanchez needs a rest after 10 straight starts but not sure why Pogba isn't playing unless he's not fully fit.
— Rob Dawson (@RobDawsonESPN) March 17, 2018
Very concerned with Pogba’s benching again. Alexis’ dropping is a much needed consequence of his recent run to galvanise him though. https://t.co/GN2bY02ZmK
— Hesham Bilal-Hafiz (@hesham786) March 17, 2018
Pogba on the bench again. You can't tell me your not concerned. Soon you'll have the entire fanbase believing he's not good enough for United. The brainwash is unreal.
— Öliver. (@UtdOliver) March 17, 2018
Mourinho: “It’s just the team that I think is the best team to try to win the match. We don’t have a match in two days or a reason to think about another match. This is the only match to think about and I’m playing the players that I believe deserve to play.“ #MUFC
— Manchester United (@MUFCScoop) March 17, 2018
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