The Red’s host Everton on Sunday and will be looking to gain back to back wins for the first time this season. The Merseysiders are seen as key rivals for United for those coveted Champions league spaces and Van Gaal’s men will be looking to take advantage of The Toffees long trip to Russia in the Europa League on Thursday night.
The manager has confirmed that there will again be a long list of players unavailable for Sunday’s game with eight players including Ander Herrera out injured and captain Wayne Rooney facing the first game ban of his three match suspension. The positive news however is that Tyler Blackett has served his one game suspension for the red card at leicester and returns to the side. With all this taken into consideration here’s out United may line up on Sunday:
David De Gea is likely to continue in the number one spot for the red’s. However, his early season form has been below-par and the 23-year-old will need to up his performances soon or possibly risk losing his place in the side.
Van Gaal has confirmed that youngster Paddy McNair will keep his place in the side following his impressive debut last weekend. Alongside the 19-year-old, Marcos Rojo will undoubtedly feature after the World Cup finalist put in a match winning performance in the heart of United’s defence against West Ham United. As for the full-back positions, Rafael Da Silva and Luke Shaw will be confident of retaining their places with both also putting in good displays last weekend.
The news that Ander Herrera is out with a fractured rib has come as a huge blow for the Red’s. New signing Daley Blind is a guaranteed starter and I expect Darren Fletcher to come in alongside the Dutchman to add some steel to United’s midfield against a very powerful Everton side. In front of the pair record signing Di Maria will again feature on the left after winning United’s player of the month award for September and Juan Mata should be re-called to the the side as a result of wayne Rooney’s absence.
No surprise here, Radamel Falcao and Robin Van Persie will lead the line for United. Van Persie’s form has slightly improved over the last couple of games with the 31-year-old having scored two goals in the last two games. Falcao will also be hoping to get off the mark this weekend after looking lively against The Hammers.
Predicted Starting XI:
(1) De Gea;
(2) Rafael, (33) McNair, (5) Rojo, (3) Shaw;
(24) Fletcher, (7) Di Maria;
(9) Falcao; (20) Van Persie.