Football

Updated Manchester United predicted XI v Everton

Published 5 Comments

Football News
24/7

Louis van Gaal has already revealed some of his starting eleven for Manchester United’s match against Everton on Sunday - but that won’t stop us from speculating on the rest.

Paddy McNair is set to start in defence as he’s the only player familiar with playing the right centre-back position that’s left standing at the club, according to van Gaal. Expect him to partner Marcos Rojo in central defence with Luke Shaw and Rafael occupying the full-back positions.

That’s all fairly non-controversial, with David De Gea in goal of course. Where it gets more interesting is in midfield, where all of a sudden Van Gaal has several options.

Related articles

- Danny Welbeck sale deemed 'pathetic' by ex-United star
- Manchester United hope to sign Gareth Bale in January

The case for Mata

Januzaj a worthy selection?

Assuming he continues with his diamond formation, with Wayne Rooney out injured the United boss will turn to Juan Mata. It’s the safe choice but Van Gaal may also want to consider playing Adnan Januzaj in the role.

The Belgian international has been in inspired form for the club’s under-21 side, and would flourish in a central attacking position - a role he’s rarely played since breaking into the first-team a year to the day on Sunday.

Marouane Fellaini will be itching to make a good impression against his former club, and he would offer a strength in central midfield that United’s other options lack. Perhaps if this game was at Goodison Park he may be considered, but at Old Trafford Van Gaal will be going for the jugular and that means Angel Di Maria, Danny Blind and Antonio Valencia should start.

Ander Herrera is out with fractured ribs, and the safer choice may be Darren Fletcher instead of Valencia - but we prefer the attacking Ecuadorian.

So, ahead of Mata the front two picks itself with the club captain out suspended - Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie up top.

Here’s the predicted lineup in full…

De Gea, Rafael, McNair, Rojo, Shaw, Blind, Valencia, Di Maria, Mata, Van Persie, Falcao

What do you think - would you go with Januzaj, or maybe Fletcher deserves a spot in the team ahead of Valencia?

Have your say below...

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
Manchester United
Everton
Premier League
Football

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again