van Gaal Makes 3 Changes: Predicted Man Utd Starting Line-Up vs Man City

By on March 18, 2016

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Manchester United will be looking to give their top four hopes a major boost when they take on rivals Manchester City at the Etihad on Sunday. Here is the side I think van Gaal will pick:

Goalkeeper: David de Gea is certain keep his place in goal after another excellent performance against Liverpool in the Europa League at Old Trafford last night. I’m not sure even the brilliance of De Gea will be able to keep City at bay for the entire ninety minutes but 888sport are offering tempting odds of 9/5 that it will be 0-0 at half-time.

Defence: van Gaal is likely to make at least one change to the back four that started last time out with Matteo Darmian coming in at right-back meaning youngster Guillermo Varela is set to drop to the substitutes bench. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Antonio Valencia are back in contention but I think we’ll see Chris Smalling, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo retain their places in defence.

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Midfield: Bastian Schweinsteiger continued his comeback from injury with another appearance off the bench last night so the German could now come back in to the starting eleven with Marouane Fellaini the favourite to drop out. Morgan Schneiderlin could also get a recall in the middle of the park with Michael Carrick given a breather after starting in each of the last three games.

Attack: Ander Herrera missed the draw with Liverpool on Thursday night due to a groin problem so the Spaniard could miss out on a place in the starting eleven on Sunday afternoon. Juan Mata returns from a one-game domestic ban and he could start in the number 10 role while Anthony Martial should keep his place in attack.

However, the Frenchman is likely to play from the wing once again with Marcus Rushford leading the line up front and the youngster will be looking to get himself back on the score-sheet after a barren few games following his sensational burst on to the scene last month. The 18-year-old is 3/1 with 888sport to score at any time if you fancy him to get back among the goals this weekend.

Here is how we think United will line-up:

Score Prediction

Man City 1-1 Man Utd: Neither side is in particularly impressive form lately and I don’t think we’ll see a classic this weekend after both teams’ European adventures in midweek. City are the home team and are rightly regarded as favourites but United arguably have more to play for as they look to break in to the top four so I can see Louis van Gaal’s men taking home a point with Anthony Martial being the last goal-scorer – which is available at odds of 15/2.

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What do you think? What line-up would you like to see start?

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58 Comments

  1. CHRISTIAN

    March 19, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    HELLO MAN U FANS IF U ARE ONLINE TAIK TO ME AS MAN U FANS

  2. valentim tenguice

    March 19, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Iam huge man United fan but i hope man u lose 2tomorrow against the citzins só that LVG must be sacked. man u doesnt have the best players of the world but good enough to win the europe best teams. if he couldnt be successful with that squad he will not with the players he AIM to bring in…please LVG just get sacked yourself

    • tom

      March 19, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      your not a true united supporter if you hope we lose and especially against city. sorry

  3. Tim

    March 19, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Look LVG wants to get himself sacked his wife lost her sister and now he feels he has 2 be there for her! That is why Fellaini is playing all the time to upset us fans and put pressure on the board 2 sack him with a big pay off for his retirement he has no passion for utd

  4. CHRISTY G

    March 19, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    MY INFORMATION I WILL LIKE VAN GAAL TO USE TOMOROOW IS 4 4 2 DARMIAN 3 SMALLING 5 BLIND 6 LIKE DIS IS OKAY FOR ME AS A MAN U FANS MY NUM 08135446602

  5. CHRISTY

    March 19, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    WELBECK AND IWOBI GIVE GUNNERS WIN GOAL DIS EVENING

  6. CHRISTY

    March 19, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    CHELSEA DRAW WHERE MATCH TODAY THERE STIL IN 10TH POSITION WITH 41POINT

  7. CHRISTY

    March 19, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    VALENTIM TENGUE ARE U A MAN U FANS TELL ME RIGHT NW

  8. Tim

    March 19, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Us fans need 2 chant “the special ones red and white army” constantly till the board backs the fans!!!!!

  9. CHRISTY

    March 19, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    TIM GUY YOU RIGHT VAN GAAL WIFE LOST HER SIXTER THE DEATH OF HIM WIFE SIXTER IS ARAFIATIN HE DAT IS THE REASON WHY HE DAN.T NO WHAT HE IS DOING MAIN TIME VAN GAAL AM SORRY FOR THE DEATH OF YOUR WIFE SIXTER TAKE HEART PLEASE DO US WELL IN OUR TRAM

  10. markos haile

    March 19, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    I think this line up looks good on paper. But, what matters is the changes made by the arrogant depending on what is going on on the pitch. I can afford any loose or draw if the arrogant is sacked and replaced by Giggsye ! H
    The arogant is destroying our team like he did in barcelona , munic and other teams. Clue less manager !!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  11. harrison

    March 19, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    i man u fan,van gaal must go totally destroying te team

  12. CHRISTIAN

    March 19, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    I JUST FEEL HAPPY BECAUSE OF HOW VAN GAAL LINEUP VERELA 2 ROJO 3 SMALLING 5 BLIND 6 FELLINI 4 SCHNEIDERLIN 10 DEPAY 7 LINGARD 11 MATA 8 MY GOOD STRIKER MARTIAL 9 NO MORE WING FOR MARTIAL THEN WILL CAN SEE HOW THE WATCH WIL BE TOMOROOW THANKS UP MAN U

    • Frimpong Dominic

      March 19, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      United is having inexperience players does why is not van Gaal

  13. CHRISTIAN

    March 19, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    ANY SUB VAN GAAL LOOK AT THE WAY YOU CAN MAKE THE SUB IF LINGARD IS TRID U CAN CHANGE HIM WITH JANUZAJ I NO DEPAY IS 100 FIT FOR THE MATCH NOT ONLY DEPAY ALL MAN U PLAYERS IS FIT FOR THE GAME MARTIAL WILL SCORE AND DEPAY WILL SCORE 2 MATA WILL ALSO

  14. CHRISTIAN

    March 20, 2016 at 11:56 am

    MAN CITY VS MAN U TODAY WILL SHARE SEE THE END OF IT DIS AFTERNOON UP MARTIALUP ROJO AND SMALLING

  15. CHRISTIAN

    March 20, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    MY COMMENT FOR NOW IS VAN GAAL SHOULD NO WHAT TO DO TO AVOID SACK BECAUSE I AM SEIF WILL NOT BE HAPPY FOR ONCE PLEASE SAVE UR JOB AT UNITED PLEASE PLEASE I BE NO THE MATCH WE BE SO HARD 4 THE TWO TRAM TODAY

  16. CHRISTIAN

    March 20, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    ROONEY JONES KEANE HERRERIA WILL RETURE FORM THIER INJURY VERY SOON I BELIEVE

  17. RONALDO

    March 20, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    I TOLD U EALY TODAY DAT MAN U MUST WIN AGAINST MAN CITY UP RASHFORD AND UP MARTIAL UP SMALLING AND UP DE GEA

    • LUCKY BOY

      March 22, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      LOUIS VAN GAAL MOST NOT GO ANY WERE UNTILTHE END OF THE SEASON

  18. RONALDO

    March 20, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    I TOLD U EALY TODAY DAT MAN U MUST WIN AGAINST MAN CITY UP RASHFORD AND UP MARTIAL UP SMALLING AND UP DE GEA VAN GAAL IF U CAN PLAY LIKE DIS NO PROBLEM KEEP IT UP OKAY THANK 4 UR INFORMATION TODAY I LOVE DAT PATTNER 08135446602

  19. RONALDO

    March 20, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    RASHFORD AND MARTIAL BOTH OF THEM PLAYED EVERY WELL TODAY AND SMALLING TO VAN GAAL DON.T 4GET DAT OUR NEXT MATCH AGAINST IS STROGH TRAM MAKE SURE U WIN DAT GAME IF U LIKE WIN U ARE GOING HOME TO JOIN UR FAMILLY AT HOME THANKS

  20. RONALDO

    March 21, 2016 at 8:27 am

    MAN U NEW SIGNING WIL BE A SUPERB STAT AT UNITED VERY SOON THE GUY NAME IS MATTEW OLOSUNDA 18 YEAR OLD HIS AM AMERICAN GUY

  21. CHRISTIAN@COM

    March 21, 2016 at 11:01 am

    RASHFORD AND SMALLING ARE MAN OF THE GAME YESTERDAY SO NW WHAT IS GOING ON NW

  22. CHRISTIAN@COM

    March 21, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    LOUIS VAN GAAL HAS NOT LOST THE DRESSING ROOM YET

  23. CHRISTIAN@COM

    March 21, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    PROTECTION BY SMALLING AND DALEY BLIND HELP UNITED YESTERDAY

  24. CHRISTIAN@COM

    March 21, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    THE BLUES HAVE OVER 300 PLAYERS OUT ON LOAN THIS SEASON\

  25. CHRISTIAN@COM

    March 21, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    RASHFORD AND MARTIAL CAN FIRE UNITED TO A TOP FOUR FINISH

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