West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester United: Van Gaal’s Starting XI?

The Red’s travel to the Hawthorns on Monday night to face a West Brom side who have won two out of their last three league games. United will be looking to make it three Premier league victories in a row after tight victories over Everton and West Ham’s in the last two encounters. Last season United cruised to a 3-0 win in the same fixture and who could forget that famous 5-5 result the season beforehand to mark Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game in charge.

The good news for Van Gaal is that the injury crisis is easing with the injury list down to just four players including the impressive Paddy McNair along with Antonio Valencia, Jesse Lingard and Jonny Evans. The boss has confirmed that Michael Carrick has returned to full training although Monday could come too soon, but both Ander Herrera and Phil Jones should be available for selection. Wayne Rooney will sit out his second match with suspension and with all this considered this is how United could take to the field tomorrow:


David De Gea is an absolute certainty to start. The Spaniard pulled off a man of the match performance in the Red’s last encounter against Everton to help secure all three points, including one penalty save and putting in two contenders for save of the season.


United are still looking leaky at the back and have David De Gea to thank for the three points against Everton. New signing Marcos Rojo has been impressive in a red shirt so far however though and he will be a guaranteed starter in the heart of United’s defence tomorrow. I then expect Phil Jones to come back into the side and partner the Argentine with youngster Paddy McNair now set for a brief spell on the sidelines.

At right-back I see no reason why Rafael won’t continue after several impressive performances of late and Luke Shaw should continue at left-back as despite limping off against Everton he featured for the England U21’s in the International break as they secured a place in next summers European Championship’s in the Czech Republic.


United’s midfield area is looking a lot stronger now with the return of Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick. Daley Blind will be confident of starting again in the middle of United’s engine room, the Dutchman has looked an astute signing so far by Louis Van Gaal and could play a vital role tomorrow. Ander Herrera should also hopefully be fit enough to feature again tomorrow, the ex-Athletic Bilbao man’s energy and high tempo game has been a breath of fresh air in the United midfield this season.

Forming the other part of the diamond there is one man who is an absolute guaranteed starter and his name is Angel Di Maria. With three assists and three goals in a red shirt so far his performance could be vital again tomorrow in helping United secure their first away win of the season. Then with Wayne Rooney still out suspended, Juan Mata will have another opportunity to impress as the Spaniard will spearhead the diamond.


Radamel Falcao got his much coveted first United goal in the victory against Everton and with two further weeks to improve on his fitness the opposition have every reason to be worried about the threat of the Columbian tomorrow night. Robin Van Persie will also start up top at The Hawthorn’s and is likely to captain the side again in Wayne Rooney’s absence. United’s number twenty will be looking to build on his two goals netted so far this campaign.


Predicted Starting XI (4-1-2-1-2):

(1) De Gea;

(2) Rafael, (4) Jones, (5) Rojo, (3) Shaw,

(17) Blind;

(21) Herrera,        (7) Di Maria;

(8) Mata;

(9) Falcao, (20) Van Persie.





    • man utd have no reason to lose any match again,but my big fear is that using Blind as a holding midfielder is dangerous,except if Rojo can come fr behind to assist.Good attacking option,i go die for man utd

  1. good, defensively, we are looking better, but am beginning to think of another alternative formation, which we should be trying,because we all know that the diamond formation only works for 1hr currently, and with most of our players getting back from injury, I feel its time to explore other forms of formation so that if we get into those pressures like we have noticed against westham and Everton, we can just fix in one or two players and kill off the game.

  2. D formation is ohk…carrick should b introduced during d 2nd half…perhaps wen we would wnt 2 kill d game…mata should start ahead of carrick…up united!

  3. Defence 100%,Midfield100%,Attack100%,I see no reason why Man united should’nt have all the three points to themselves.[kudos!]

  4. The connections among our attackers should be more tormenting in order to keep their defense line busy and make wes broom city more defensive rather than attacking.

  5. #GGMU…… My XI
    GK-D. D’ Gea
    LB-L. Shaw
    CB-M. Rojo
    CB-T. Thrope
    RB-Rafael Da Silva
    DMF-Daley Blind
    DMF-Phil Jones
    LW-Angel Di Maria
    RW- Adnan Januzaj
    AMF- Ander Hererra
    CS- Radamel Falcao

    Formation: 4-2-3-1

  6. We still need a player like marco rues in our right or lift attact to add more space to our game like di maria is doing now.

  7. man United Is able and am sure by 20th 11:30 am they will have 14 points.Bt recently i dont trust van persie i trust mzito DI MARIA whom am sure will score 2 goals today

  8. Manutd fans should understand that the club is set to do those good footballing we are known for. The lineup is okay. My prediction is 4-0. Up united! Up LVG!!

  9. Now Manchester united has back, van gal should nt allow any trash in his team nd make sure of discipline for all his player like rooney etc. 2ndly, concerning this formation is excellent so i wish us the best ………uuuup united

  10. nice formation. I love that.. But di maria should be substute early so that he we not sustain injury. We need him to be fit against chelsea and man city.

  11. yeah we are now stating to look like a top4 team, and i hope we can improve more and more….. Just that we need more new faces.

  12. The formation works fine for me. But I must say that in no way do I think Herrera should be playing wide. He was bought to play a holding role. We have a young superstar deserving of first team action. Bring on Janujaz! and make the decision between Blind and Ander in holding role. However, if Shaw isn’t available, Blind can move into LB and Ander will fill the holding role. Playing people out of position has been anything but helpful going back to the beginning of last season. Man U for life.

    • Ander Hererra is a versertile player. He was’nt bought to play as a holding midfielder though he’s more a box to box midfielder. He’s perfect on the wing but ‘ll prefer him in the hole.(No.10) and let Adnan(Januzaj) run the right flang. Daley Blind and Antonio Valencia shoud be our Holding midfielders. He realy played well against Everton as a DMF instead of a RW.

  13. Please i beg on van gal to bring back zaha,angelo henriquez,chicarito back home after thier loan because they are performing extremly good they still have future in our starting eleven

  14. guys our line up can compete with any team in the world and if iam not wrong man utd have the second best fearsome attacking in the world just behind barcelona’S MESSI, SUAREZ And NEYMAR. it is just a matter of time untill the team gel together and we must give carrick more time coz he is going to be our busquets wen he is on form we all know that for a fact him, daley blind and herrera are going to destroy teams and you know that Van Gaal’s teams are hard to beat honestly speaking I feel sorry for man city and chelsea.

  15. i think that is a perfect line up for westbrom bt vs chelsea lvg shld replace herrera with carrick n move herrera to the top of the diamond in place of mata.

  16. I’m assured of 3 F*cking points against the Baggies.. But ‘m scared! We’ll come from behind to win!..

    My XI …..( 4-3-1-2 )
    ……………..De Gea…………..


    Hererra………..Blind…….Di Maria



  17. Wilfred Zaha does not have a place in the Manchester XI in the next 3 seasons. He should be sold.

    Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez is superb but I don’t believe he can play UTD’s footy game. Maybe he can with he help of Di Maria with his “killer” pass… But we should pray he bangs more goals and create more for Real so that he ‘ll be signed permernently. Or maybe be used as a bait to get R. Varane, D. Carvahjal and maybe, Illaramandi

  18. @Don
    Herrera was bought for exactly that. He is versatile, but the position he has the ability to become world class in is without question the holding mid field role. Due to his lack of pace and willingness to attack defenders with the ball at his feet, he will never be an explosive element on the wing. Sure, he could probably be mediocre playing wide, but that’s not what we’re looking for is it?

  19. What a formation but should play 5 midfielders nd 1 striker de gea rafael ,jones,rojo,shaw januzaj ,herera,blind,carrick,di maria ,falcao

  20. United ‘re now better with the defence. with Jones and Rojo at the central defence, the ‘ll be able to bounce up back to the top three.

  21. Nice formation but we need more attacking football. our back four with return of Jones is now like rock. The starting line up west brom is fine but the game against chele chele Valencia need to be introduced

  22. My XI — 4-4-2

    ——– De Gea ———–

    Refeal ————- Jones —————- Rojo —————– Shaw

    Herrera ———— Blind —————– Di maria ———— Mata

    Van persie ———- Falcao

  23. iidi think united will get all three points today but despite that we should be careful of our defensive errors which is our only way to get our first away win of the season it wnt be easy anyway but it can be our day up up united

  24. man u is having strong squad let van gaol use this formation tonight
    carrick dimaria
    rvp falco

  25. with this starting formation i think manchester united can be the one to have the three point with the life of………………..de gea, rafael, jones, rojo, shaw, herera, blind, di maria(baba ooo), mata, rvp and falcao…

  26. its a gud set up but can be better if januzzaj replace Mata for herera to play on the right side cos Mata has been a little down

  27. Man u nid blind instead of carrick bcoz carrick z getting old and our defance z not strong enough xo man u shuld use blind,herrar,di marria,falcoa,januzaj,v.p,up front ma b in january transfer if buy strong defance we we start 2 use carrick but 4 naw let’s manage blind united 4 life

  28. I will always stand for MAN U,RVP suppose to come as a sustitude. But man u go win today match. MAN U (3) V West Brom(1)

  29. with this current form of man u, i want to belv we are unstoppable by any club in the epl now. my adv to our coach is that, he should approach this game seriously and most importantly talk to the players to work harder most especially the mainfield. if u take a very good look at barca, their defence is not that good enough but with the very strong mfders they have, that is why they are always unbeatable. However, i blv that with time, man u will regain her stand among her peers. up man u

  30. nice team BH y not try 4-2-3-1….Herrera shld play 10 and januzaj shld also play 7 carrick shld start wt blind while falcao shld strt ahead of vanpassi dz WL gv us an edge in d sec half .

  31. Up man u, am greatful to all X1 in4mation as far as jones is arive we ar ok wit d defence, bt let us start wit 4,4,2 in midfied we use dimaria, blind, hererra an januzaj! an later we subtitute valencia if an colapse, 4 attakin line we hv falcao an vp an later we cn put mata if any colapse again.

  32. guys I think we should play a 4-2-3-1 formation agianst west brom and chelsea iam sure and confident that we can beat chelsea and man city if we play this side: 3.SHAW 5.ROJO 4.JONES 2.RAFAEL#
    16.CARRICK 17.BLIND#
    9.FALCAO. come on tell me guys are you telling me that we cant neat any team and even win the league? I only pray that in january we should sign strootman or khedira then I can be sure and confident that man utd can be the new INVINCIBLES pls tell me if iam wrong I would appropriate ur opinions alot

  33. Daley blind to be as a holding mf am threatened becoz he will be so tired in line dat he will be doing a lot ov job 2 supply en help defenders so he needs assistance.

  34. i love the new look mufc lvg is the best.lets bag in this three point and kip moving up en up..di maria we all wish you the best and plix kip fit and praying that u win a golden boot being a top scorer.
    go man u go.glory mufc

  35. Well the formation is ok but i think LVG should try and change style sometime, these lineup is always predictable I suggest there should be a mixup in the lineup. One love United for life.

  36. Van gaal is d biggest idiot ever hw could he use janujaj in place of falcoa and swiftin to onli one attacker who is not even fit at alll!!!!!!!!!

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