van Gaal Makes 2 Changes: Predicted Man Utd Starting XI vs Stoke

By on December 23, 2015

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Manchester United will look to put a turbulent week behind them and get back to winning ways when they take on Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Boxing Day. Here is the side I think van Gaal will pick:

Goalkeeper: David de Gea is certain to start between the sticks once again on Saturday.

Defence: Phil Jones came through the full ninety minutes during Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Norwich unscathed so he should be able to continue his partnership alongside Chris Smalling at the back this weekend.

Matteo Darmian is still out with a hamstring injury so Ashley Young should keep his place at right-back while Daley Blind should also start with the likes of Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw out with long-term injuries.

Midfield: Morgan Schneiderlin was on the bench last Saturday and he should get a recall in midfield with Marouane Fellaini likely to drop out. With Bastian Schweinsteiger serving the final of his three-game ban, Michael Carrick should continue in the middle of the park.

Attack: Ander Herrera made his return from the bench last time out so he could force his way into the starting eleven to add some much-needed creativity in the final third. That could see Wayne Rooney play through the middle with Anthony Martial and Juan Mata on the wings.

Here is how we think United will line-up:

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

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