The Red’s make the short trip to Turf Moore in the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday seeking their first win under new manager Louis Van Gaal. The talk all week has been about new record signing Angel Di Maria and the Argentine is due to make his debut this Saturday. This has raised questions over a potential change of formation, with Van Gaal possibly opting to change from his favoured 5-3-2 formation to accommodate United’s new number seven.
The manager will make hefty changes the squad that suffered the humiliating 4-0 defeat to MK Dons on Tuesday. New signing Marcos Rojo is still unavailable having still not secured a work permit and Shinji Kagawa will miss out after suffering a concussion at Milton Keynes and is edging closer to a move back to Germany. Also unavailable are Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick and Jesse Lingard. As a result, here’s how the Red’s may line-up at Turf Moore:
David De Gea will undoubtedly start between the sticks again after the Spaniard has started all three of United’s games so far this season. United’s number one will be looking forward to getting a settled back-line in front of him sooner rather than later.
Due to the shortage of central defenders Van Gaal may possibly revert back to a back-four. If this is the case then Rafael Da Silva may come in at right-back after returning from injury and Ashley Young may well get the nod at left-back again due to United’s shortage in that area. In central-defence I expect Jonny Evans to continue in the middle alongside Tyler Blackett with the youngster getting yet another invaluable chance to impress.
I have got a feeling Van Gaal may go with a 4-3-3 style formation tomorrow to accommodate the new signing. With a lack of midfielders available due to injuries and Cleverley’s imminent transfer then I can see Phil Jones coming into the centre of the park to partner Darren Fletcher. Juan could then play slightly in front of the pair as the manager tries to accommodate all the attacking talent at his disposal.
Angel Di Maria will hopefully be handed a much anticipated debut and may feature on the right hand-side of United’s attack. Robin Van Persie returned successfully from injury against Sunderland so will form the focal point of the team and Wayne Rooney may be pushed out onto the left hand-side of the three. Expect plenty of interchanging however if all three do feature at Turf Moore.
Predicted Starting XI:
Rafael, Evans, Blackett, Young;
Di Maria, Van Persie, Rooney.