Monday 21 January 2019

Jose to call Utd duo back in from the cold

Martial and Shaw get chance to prove worth

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho
Anthony Martial

Jose Mourinho will give Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw a chance to prove themselves in Manchester United's FA Cup clash with Wigan.

United set up a Wembley date with Southampton on Thursday night, progressing to the EFL Cup final despite losing their semi-final second leg 2-1 at struggling Hull.

Attention switches to the FA Cup this weekend as 2013 winners Wigan make the short journey to Old Trafford for tomorrow's fourth-round tie.

Mourinho has pledged to name a strong line-up against the Latics but will call upon his impressive depth, with Martial and Shaw among those set to come in.

Martial's happiness has been questioned recently and the United boss confirmed the Frenchman will get a chance to shine tomorrow, having been omitted from the last two match-day squads.


Asked how the France international took being left out at Hull, Mourinho said: "I don't know. I don't speak with the players about how they take it.

"He will play Sunday and if Sunday he plays magnificently, he will play against Hull City in the next match. It's simple."

Shaw is also set to get a chance to prove his worth tomorrow after belatedly returning to the United squad at Hull.

The 21-year-old left-back has not featured since limping off halfway through the EFL Cup quarter-final against West Ham on November 30, but has worked his way back to fitness.

Mourinho confirmed his intention to play Shaw against Wigan, whose manager Warren Joyce knows the Red Devils better than most.

The 52-year-old was at the club from 2008 until last November, when he left his role as coach of United's reserves to take the hotseat at Wigan.

"I worked at the club with him for just a few months but it was enough to know he is a very nice man, a very passionate football man," Mourinho, who has given goalkeeper David de Gea the weekend off, said of Joyce.

"He took the risk, he accepted the challenge. He left a good situation in the club to try and go to what we call men's football.

"For sure, he'll come with a team very aggressive, very well organised defensively. I will make some changes, that's obvious. I did [against Hull], and I have to do [the same in] the next match.

"We play Hull City again two days after Wigan, but I am going to play with a good team - a team with the responsibility to give the fans a good performance at home and the responsibility to try and win against Wigan."

Joyce felt there was a certain inevitability about it when Manchester United were drawn out of the FA Cup hat.

"You see it often in cup draws," said Joyce.

"Michael Owen was laughing his head off when he pulled the numbers out. It didn't surprise me. I said to some of my friends, 'We'll definitely get them'. They were laughing, and the odds probably would be enormous.

"But it's not about me. It's a great day for the fans, a great day for the players to pit themselves against one of the best sides in the world."

Times have been tough at the DW Stadium since their stunning triumph in 2013 was followed days later by relegation.

The Latics reached the semi-finals again the following season but were then relegated to League One and have found life difficult on their return to the Championship.

Back-to-back wins have lifted them out of the relegation zone, and Joyce said of the glamour tie: "I just thought it was a good bit of money for the club, with the transfer window.

"I've got a lot of memories but they're in the past. The future is what happens here at Wigan Athletic.

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