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Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers predicted lineup

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Well, what will Louis van Gaal do with all his new players? That's the question that many Manchester United fans have been speculating over since the close of the transfer window earlier this month.

On Sunday, we will find out.

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Juan Mata?

With Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria to incorporate, you feel that one of Robin van Persie, Juan Mata or Wayne Rooney must drop out. The smart money seems to be on Mata, the £37.1m January acquisition the most vulnerable after a slow start to life at Old Trafford.

He will not be happy with a bench role, having left Chelsea to escape that exact situation.

But it remains a fact that van Gaal, even against a side like QPR expected to be battling for survival, cannot just throw all his creative talent into a team and hope it works. A formation is needed with real balance.

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Falcao to start?

Falcao looks likely to start. He's said all the right things in the build up to this, and van Gaal has confirmed that everyone will be available for selection to face Harry Redknapp's side.

But perhaps the most important debut at Old Trafford this weekend will be that of Marcos Rojo, the Argentinian international signed from Sporting Lisbon.

Rojo available

He has now been granted a work permit and is set to start against the Super Hoops, which means Van Gaal now has the right players to play his 3-5-2 formation. Tyler Blackett would be the man to drop out but Phil Jones is now injured.

Ander Herrara is fit to play but he probably won't be rushed back into action, which means it could by Danny Blind and Angel Di Maria in midfield with Rooney slightly higher up.

That leaves Falcao and Van Persie up front, not a bad combination. Redknapp must have been delighted to see United swoop for the Colombian international just before his side were set to travel to Old Trafford.

Predicted lineup

So, here it is, our best guess at the Manchester United starting eleven to face Queens Park Rangers. But if truth be told, your guess is as good as mine.

De Gea, Blackett, Evans, Rojo, Shaw, Blind, Valencia, Falcao, Rooney, Di Maria, Van Persie

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