Predicted Manchester United Starting XI To Take On Olympiacos – Valencia Returns?

By on February 24, 2014

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Manchester United have set off for Greece this afternoon as they prepare to take on Olympicos in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 clash on Tuesday night, here’s our predicted line-up.

David Moyes has been forced to leave Phil Jones and Jonny Evans back in Manchester as the pair have failed to recover from calf injuries. The duo missed Saturday’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace and didn’t take part in training on Monday morning so were unable to make the trip.

Thankfully Rafael came through this morning’s training session so passed his late fitness test and is expected to be restored to the line-up tomorrow. This means that Chris Smalling should be able to revery to centre-back allowing Rio Ferdinand to rest after he started his first game of 2014 at the weekend.

Marouane Fellaini also made a successful return on Saturday after over two months out so he could be replaced by Darren Fletcher alongside Michael Carrick in midfield if Moyes doesn’t want to push the Belgian international too hard.

With Juan Mata ineligible to play in Europe, there’s a hole to fill in attack which could see Antonio Valencia come back in alongside Adnan Januzaj and Wayne Rooney in supporting Robin Van Persie.

Here’s the team Moyes could go with:

What do you think of our team? What line-up would you go with? Share your suggestions below.

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7 Comments

  1. martin david

    February 24, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Oh!wat abargain for man united,kroos,illkay&sagna

  2. Joshua Umoren

    February 24, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    with fellaini’s performance on saturday against palace, He wuld be a grt pair alongside carrick……….

  3. Emeka Nwodo

    February 24, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Kagawa is needed, now mata is not there.

  4. peter darwin

    February 24, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    kagawa at number 10……….he needs a major run there to show his skill set Rooney dos not have this neither Mata………kagawa is a different dimesion if allowed to play with thinking footballers………Europeans play smarter…….not tougher…………..Kagawa is smarter he is the actual oil for the engine to run smoothly

  5. Emeka Nwodo

    February 25, 2014 at 7:51 am

    I dn’t wnt 2 see young,i need januzaj becos he charge team wit accurate pass despite dt he is a novice.Ashley young dull team,if u take a good look at our match against fulham all his crossing nonsense! Until januzaj&chicha entered change everything. Oh! When i see them in match i always see winning. I wnt kagawa to play and chicha 2nd half.

  6. muhd ahmad

    February 25, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    moyes be honest why u hate those who are not european such as kagawa,rafael,hernandez and valencia all they are better than smalling,young,wellbeck and cleaverly and fellaini.

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