Manchester United face Liverpool in the final of the Guinness International Champions Cup in Miami, a clash of Premier League giants set in the 65,000 seater Sun Life Stadium. A match that both teams will be dying to win, to gain one over on their bitter rivals before the season back in England has already started.
Louis van Gaal has an almost full travelling squad to choose from, the only player who did not feature in their final training session last night was Danny Welbeck. Van Gaal has already revealed that he plans to stick with the 5-3-2 formation, and that Ashley Young will get 90-minutes against Liverpool. Here’s how United should line up against Liverpool:
With this being the final and Manchester United pushing for the win, it is probably not the best time to rotate ones goalkeeper against, as all four have got some game-time while over in the United States, David de Gea should claim his number one spot between the sticks for United.
During Louis van Gaal’s press conference last night, he confirmed that Ashley Young would be getting 90-minutes against Liverpool, starting as wing-back on the right hand side in place of Luke Shaw, who’s fitness is still a question for the new United boss. On the right wing we’ll have Antonio Valencia, who’s speed and pace is both an asset going forward and coming back. A the heart of the defence we expect United to start with Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Michael Keane. The youngster Keane starting a match once again, even though Chris Smalling returned to training last night, he is a doubt to be ready for a start against Liverpool.
Darren Fletcher has had an impressive pre-season tour for Manchester United, especially after many thought he would never play for United against just 18 months back. He should be number one selection for the midfield tonight alongside new signing Ander Herrera. Spanish international Herrera has also had an impressive tour, cool and calm on the ball and creating an impressive amount of space while off it. In front of Fletcher and Herrera, Juan Mata should keep his place playing just behind the front two.
Danny Welbeck was the only one to miss training last night after picking up an injury against Real Madrid over in Michigan, so tonight is the night that Javier Hernandez will get his chance to impress right from the off against Liverpool, playing alongside the hungry and in form Wayne Rooney.
Predicted Starting XI
Jones, Evans, Keane;
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