David De Gea
Matteo Darmian, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Ashley Young
Morgan Schneiderlin, Michael Carrick
Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney, Memphis Depay
With Marcos Rojo injured, Ashley Young is the next in line to fill in at left back. The midfielder has been unlucky to lose his spot to Memphis Depay this season but, he should pair up very well with the Dutchman along the left side.
Young’s epic work rate should mean that he has little issue in the defensive role, he just needs to keep an eye out for an attack from Sunderland’s Jeremain Lens.
Both Bastian Schweinsteiger and Ander Herrera played well in mid-week but the central midfield role looks like it’ll be returned to Michael Carrick and Morgan Schneiderlin. They’ll face a tough midfield battle against Yann M’Vila and Jack Rodwell.
Playing Ander Herrera over Michael Carrick might be a wiser option as the Spaniard is a more flairful and attack minded midfielder, who could draw M’Vila into fouls. M’Vila is known to be a bit of a hot head, and favouring the last ditch challenge.
Chris Smalling and Daley Blind will look to pair up once again and try to get David De Gea his first Premier League clean sheet of the campaign. But they’ll have to stop Jermain Defoe to do that, and he’s always a threat.
Matteo Darmian should return to his right back position but Antonio Valencia did put in a good shift against Ipswich, and as his substitute against Southampton last week.
Wayne Rooney will be looking to add to his domestic goal tally, after his first came in midweek. But his primary focus will be to bridge the midfield to the attack and then feed his new team mate, Anthony Martial.
3 goals in 2 Premier League games, and he scored as a substitute in midweek. Martial faces the worst defence in the league, and looks very likely to continue his goal scoring run.
The game kicks off at 15:00 at Old Trafford.