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"Although much of the side pretty much selects itself, there are clearly some key decisions to be made, not least which formation to field. There's clearly a cautious mood because a draw would collect a terrific point in the context of the title race but conversely, the forwards proved against Everton that they are in exciting, top-class form."

- Adam Marshall, ManUtd.com

30/04/2012 10:14, Report by Adam Marshall
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Blog: Selection headache

Adam Marshall would pick an attacking line-up at the Etihad...

Sir Alex admits it's not an easy task letting players down by leaving them out of his team for big games.

We've all got our own thoughts on the line-up on Monday night and here are mine. Thankfully, it'll be the boss picking the XI and we can all trust him to get it right when it matters most.

Although much of the side pretty much selects itself, there are clearly some key decisions to be made, not least which formation to field. There's clearly a cautious mood because a draw would collect a terrific point in the context of the title race but conversely, the forwards proved against Everton that they are in exciting, top-class form.

There are rumours about Ji-sung Park bolstering the midfield and Ryan Giggs has to be another option. And then there's Tom Cleverley, whose energy and intelligence could prove useful, and he performed well in the second half of the Community Shield back in August, helping to change the shape of the match.

But, presuming top scorer Wayne Rooney is a certain starter, I'd find it difficult to leave out Danny Welbeck. The local lad was excellent against Everton, scoring a beautiful goal and linking superbly with Rooney. Not only that, but his displays in the league and FA Cup encounters with City were impressive; he was arguably our best player in the 6-1 defeat and belted a sublime volley in the Etihad win.

What I really like about Danny is the industry and effort he puts into his game to close down defenders, ensuring they do not have the time on the ball to carefully plot moves out from the back.

Pressurising the Blues in possession is going to be important and there's nothing like defending from the front on occasions like this.

Sir Alex has stressed United are going for the three points and will not sit back. So I expect tactics similar to the

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