The Reds travel down South without the luxury of their manager on the sidelines, but they will be confident facing a Pompey side in transition…
Ins and outs: Jonny Evans and John O'Shea are doubts, while Rio Ferdinand and Owen Hargreaves are still out. Pompey are likely to be without goalkeeper David James, who is suffering from a calf strain, while Linvoy Primus is still out with a foot injury. Ex-Reds' striker Danny Webber could feature against his former side.
Star man: Jamie O’Hara has been one of few bright sparks at Fratton Park this season, providing the energy in the Pompey engine room. He’s spending the year at Portsmouth on loan from Tottenham, and notched his first goal in November. United fans will remember him for missing Spurs’ first penalty in the Carling Cup final shoot-out last season.
Manager: Former Chelsea boss Avram Grant has taken over the reigns at Fratton Park following Hart's dismissal. The 54-year-old Israeli was already at the club in his second spell working as director of football. He previously guided Chelsea to second place, behind United, in the Barclays Premier League in 2007/08 and also to the Champions League final in Moscow, where the