Confirmed line-ups: Fellaini starts for Manchester United against Liverpool

By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Marouane Fellaini is in Manchester United’s team to face Liverpool on Thursday night.

The Belgian gets the nod over Morgan Schneiderlin to partner Michael Carrick in central midfield despite being heavily criticised by supporters for his recent performances.

For Liverpool, James Milner is set to play at left-back after replacing Alberto Moreno from the side that won the first leg of the last-16 Europa League clash 2-0. Moreno suffered a hamstring injury on the eve of the match.

One shock omission for United is Ander Herrera, who has been a regular starter in recent months and even appeared alongside Van Gaal for his media conference on Wednesday afternoon.

The absence of the Spaniard means Antonio Valencia has been fast-tracked into the matchday 18 even though Van Gaal claimed on Wednesday that they were not ready to return.

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Jurgen Klopp has selected an attack-minded Liverpool team, with the front six who so impressed in the first leg rewarded with the chance to steer the Merseysiders into the quarter-finals.

Milner, who missed the first leg with a virus, has been given the nod over Brad Smith, 21, who impressed at left-back earlier in the year.

Manchester United: De Gea; Varela, Smalling, Blind, Rojo; Fellaini, Carrick; Lingard, Mata, Martial; Rashford.

Liverpool: Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Milner; Henderson, Can; Lallana, Firmino, Coutinho; Sturridge.