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Erik ten Hag will be forced into at least one alteration and could hand minutes to several players returning from injury.

Erik ten Hag looks set to welcome back several key players when Manchester United take on Newport County in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday.

The Red Devils had to name a bench that featured two goalkeepers and three players who were yet to make their first-team debut, when they were last involved in FA Cup action. But that 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic set up what should be a relatively kind trip to south Wales this weekend, and Ten Hag will have greater squad depth for the encounter.

Christian Eriksen and Antony returned for the 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur six days later, while Lisandro Martinez and Casemiro were also named on the bench. The latter hasn’t played since mid-October, while Martinez came on for the final half an hour against Spurs.

Both could be options to start at Rodney Parade, as could Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw. The defensive duo were back in training this week following absences from the team due to injury, although Victor Lindelof, Tyrell Malacia and Mason Mount weren’t seen in the team session.

Ten Hag could hand both Maguire and Shaw minutes and the United manager is expected to name a strong XI for the game given his side will have enjoyed a two-week break and have a four-day gap until they’re next in action at Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Dutchman also tended to opt against naming a weaker team against lower-league sides.

But Ten Hag will be forced into at least one change from the Spurs game with Andre Onana not available due to his continued involvement in the Africa Cup of Nations. It means either Altay Bayindir or Tom Heaton will be handed a rare start between the sticks. Sofyan Amrabat is also still at the competition in Ivory Coast and won’t be an option against Newport.

With all this in mind, here’s how we expect United to line up for Sunday’s game.

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