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Man Utd duo likely to miss FA Cup clash with Derby County, says Solskjaer

Manchester United travel to Derby County on Thursday night for the FA Cup fifth round.

The tie must be decided on the night — meaning this phase of fixtures can go to extra-time and penalties, but there will be no replays.

You might be wondering why all fifth round ties are being played midweek. That has been introduced this season to help teams with fixture congestion.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told MUTV that Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James are likely to miss United’s trip to Derby due to “little niggles”, as quoted on Twitter by PA’s Simon Peach.

The manager has also ruled Paul Pogba out of the Manchester derby, saying the World Cup winner won’t train with the first-team until next week.

“Still, of course Paul and Marcus, they’re out,” Solskjaer said. “Dan James and Wan-Bissaka have got little niggles. I think they might not make this game.”

We could see defenders Axel Tuanzebe and Timothy Fosu-Mensah in the squad though. The latter hasn’t got a minute of football under his belt this season and will be keen to impress when he gets the chance. The pair featured for Neil Wood’s U23s as they continued their recovery from injury and won the game 3-2.

Derby will be without former Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone who is out with a calf injury, but at least they’ll have Wayne Rooney to call upon. Another ex-Red, Tom Lawrence, could feature in the Ram’s attack.

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