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van Gaal Makes 5 Changes: Predicted Man Utd Starting XI To Face Leicester

Manchester United take on Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon. Here’s the starting eleven I think manager Louis van Gaal will go with:

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Manchester United will get back to Premier League action when they take on Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon. Here’s the starting eleven I think Louis van Gaal will go with:

Goalkeeper: David De Gea has been United’s most consistent performer this season and there’s no doubt he’ll continue between the sticks this weekend.

Defence: van Gaal will hand late fitness tests to Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling but assuming neither of them are passed fit, I think we could see Michael Carrick drop back into the defence. Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones should retain their places in a back three with Luke Shaw starting in the left wing-back position after recovering from injury.

Rafael is also back in contention after recovering from a fractured cheekbone so the Brazilian could start on the opposite flank with Antonio Valencia dropping out.

Midfield: With Carrick at the back, Daley Blind could start in midfield – although van Gaal could easily decide to swap the two players, such is their versatility. Angel Di Maria could start in a central role with Shaw and Rafael in the wide positions, which would mean the likes of Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera would miss out.

Attack: Robin van Persie is expected to be recalled to the starting eleven after coming off the bench against Cambridge last time out. Wayne Rooney will also come back in with James Wilson and Radamel Falcao both dropping to the bench. Juan Mata should start in the ‘hole’ behind the front two.

Here is how I think we’ll see United line-up:

What do you think of the team and what eleven would you pick?



  1. Adebayo Donald

    January 30, 2015 at 6:44 am

    What a perfect selection…good one

  2. wisdom Eni

    January 30, 2015 at 7:52 am

    A 442 formation will be better, man u hv too many good players dat dey r nt using, and also we need a better attacking players wo can score n stop wasting balls in d mane of position


    January 30, 2015 at 11:23 am

    I think it high time we go back to our traditional formation 4.4.2. Cnt u see no matter how hard we tried de change of formation is not really working and this lead to inconsistency in the team. Grow Up Van Gaal. Bury such philosophy

  4. Uzor Nwachukwu

    January 30, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    I tink we need 2 add more width 2 our starting xi maybe a 442 with di maria and januzaj/valencia on the flanks and then play fellaini and blind as d cm pair since carrick injured jones and rojo still remain our best cb pairing up unlted 1 love

  5. muizz ojeje

    January 30, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    The idea of 442 shld b rivived back…wen playing a three man defence,it shld b an experience defender wu haz d idea…van gaal sld also buy more mildfielders wu cn also serve as defence

  6. sam

    January 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    van gar is a stupid coach on my eyes, the useless formation the man always make is not gona working for man utd players, it because premiership is hard to play, den I wondered why the man hate ander Herrera, the boy is a fantastic player.

  7. Fortune

    January 30, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Di maria should play his natural wing i.e left wing and not in d middle

    • Adebua Aderito

      January 30, 2015 at 7:47 pm

      Please tell Old Trafford this hidden truth. It wears me out to see a palyer like maria learning football during a competion on the pitch just because someone has misplaced him. It is mind killing!

  8. alusine karim koroma

    January 30, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    di maria should play his natural wing.flank or wing back ok lvg.rojo.5.jones.4.rafael.2.blind.3

  9. santos

    January 30, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    im muh sorry .it is better to play 4-4-2,wiz reafeal ,Rojo ,Jones ,shaw …
    MF….Di maria ,blind /carrick ,falleani , veleccia .
    v.P like to w.Rooney

  10. freeman

    January 30, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    i think e prob wit lvg is dat hes always thinking abt hw 2 dorminate game. in epl competition is very high so playing a wrong formation could mak u loose a lot of matches. Jus stick 2 a 4 man defence and don’t dorminate play n get 3 points dat will help u win e league n qualify 4 ucl. grow up!

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