Salford (A) Match Preview

Article updated 8/2/2021 as a result of the postponed fixture.

United traipse North to Man United hobby club Salford, who we’re contractually obliged to mention are owned by “Class of 92” members including the Neville Brothers, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Andy Duncan. Okay maybe not Duncs, he’s a U.

With Harry Darling having left and plenty of rumours floating around about a departure today for Robbie Cundy United have just one recognised senior centre back in Greg Taylor in the squad. Coupled with an injuries to Dimitar Mitov, Hiram Boateng and possibly Luke Hannant we’re looking a little light.

Expected U’s Line-Up: Burton, Knoyle, Okedina, Taylor, Dunk, Iredale, Davies, May, Digby, Mullin, Ironside

We think (assuming Cundy does leave) that Jubril Okedina will make his first League start alongside Greg Taylor in defence, and Davies and Iredale will fill the wider midfield positions. Mullin should partner Ironside up top, as usual. As we’re writing this the club have just signed Shilow Tracey, another Spurs loanee to play on the right wing, but whether he’ll start tomorrow we don’t know.

Update: United have recruited well in the transfer window since the original game was postponed and now have Okedina in defence, who in the two games he’s played already, looks decent, plus Aji Alese and Declan Drysdale who we expect to start in midfield if Paul Digby is still carrying a knock.

Who’s Their Player To Watch? Salford spread their goals out amongst the team instead of relying on one out and out goalscorer, in which case Ashley Hunter and Ian Henderson should be kept an eye on as the most likely threat to our defence.

Who’s In The Dugout? After the departure of former Man United midfielder Paul Scholes, former Man United midfielder Richie Wellens is in charge for the time being. Given the rate Salford change managers we expect former Man United midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo to take over from former Man United midfielder Luke Chadwick some time around April.

What’s Their Recent Form Like? P5, W1, D2, L2, For 4, Against 5

Any Ex-United Players? Only Tom Elliott. Hero of 2013/14 and a man that came agonisingly close to putting United ahead at Old Trafford.

Last Time Out: U’s 2-1 Salford November 3rd 2020

Our first ever win against Salford and what an important one it was too. As seems to be the case this season we went behind, but goals from Jack Iredale and a penalty from Joe Ironside gave the U’s a big win.

From The Archive: U’s 0-4 Salford January 28 2020

We’ve only played Salford three times before, losing twice before the win earlier this season. Almost a year to the day since they comprehensively beat us 4-0 at home, signalling the end for Colin Calderwood’s tenure at the club. Whatever the result tomorrow, we’re a million miles from where we were then.

UTAS Moosenet Tip: 1-0 United, Mullin. And why not?

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