Salford (H) Match Preview

Games continue to come thick and fast for the U’s as Paul Scholes brings his Salford side to the Abbey.

A chance for United to go again after Saturday’s disappointing defeat to Crawley, and a chance for Paul Mullin to edge ever closer to that golden boot. Salford won’t make it easy though, and their league position belies the quality in their squad. United still have a few injury concerns, especially in midfield where Adam May, Liam O’Neil and Paul Digby all look set to miss out.

Expected U’s Line Up: Mitov, Knoyle, Taylor, Cundy, Dunk, Iredale, Hannant, Boateng, Davies, Ironside, Mullin

Bonner has spoken about giving Hannant a more central role, and we expect he’ll play alongside Boateng in the middle with Iredale/Dunk and Davies out wide. We suspect two up top, with an appearance from Hoolahan or El Mizouni coming later in the game.

Who’s Their Player To Watch: James Wilson

As you’d expect from a club owned by the “Class of 92” there’s a strong Man United connection at Salford, and James Wilson will be familiar to U’s fans as one of the goalscorers in our 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford in 2015. Other players to watch include on loan Man United defender DiShon Bernard, and veteran midfielder Darron Gibson.

Who’s In The Dugout? Paul Scholes

The second most cultured midfielder to have ever played in the Prem (the first is Wessi, obviously), Scholes has already managed at the Abbey whilst at Oldham, drawing 1-1 before resigning as a result of interference from the owner. He arrives here as caretaker Salford manager, having replaced Graham Alexander who was sacked, unbeaten, just five games into the season.

What’s Their Recent Form Like? Last 5: P5, W2, D2, L1

Any Ex-United Players?

U’s fans will be hoping promotion hero Tom Elliott doesn’t come back to haunt us on Saturday, part of the great Richard Money side that got promoted back to the league in 2014. Came within a whisker of scoring for us at Old Trafford too.

Last Time Out: Cambridge United 0-4 Salford City, 28th January 2020

From The Archive: Salford City 1-0 Cambridge United, 12th October 2019

We don’t have much to work with here, having only played Salford twice, losing both times. Don’t watch this, find a better way to spend eight minutes of your time.

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