Updated Manchester United predicted XI vs Liverpool

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With Manchester City and Chelsea playing on Saturday, Manchester United may find themselves further behind the pace setters by kick off at Old Trafford on Sunday.

But that won't concern Louis van Gaal one bit - as stated the main aim this season remains a top four place and qualification for the Champions League next year. Anything else, title challenge included, is a bonus.

Sitting in third position without playing well and missing several key players, Manchester United will be pleased with their recovery following a rocky start to the season.

On Sunday, Van Gaal will be able to welcome back a few first-team players to the squad and may be tempted to throw them straight in after a disjointed performance in their last game against Southampton.

Jonny Evans is all but certain to start in the centre of defence following Chris Smalling's injury against the Saints, so the Northern Irishman's return is well timed.

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Rafael da Silva has been back in training and United need his presence as an orthodox full-back to balance a defence that has looked shaky at times this season.

Paddy McNair is unlikely to keep his place in the team after getting the hook just 38 minutes into the game against Southampton so Marcos Rojo will probably partner Evans at the back.

If Van Gaal wants more solidity and Phil Jones is fit enough, the England international could return and partner Evans with Rojo shifted to left-back. We think it's more likely Van Gaal will ease Jones back, so look for Evans and Rojo to marshall the back-line.

Ander Herrera should start after his cameo against Southampton, while Falcao should play some role in the game - probably from the bench with Wayne Rooney the club captain and Robin van Persie in form after his brace on Monday night.

Here's our predicted lineup for the game against Liverpool…

De Gea, Rafael, Rojo, Evans, Young, Fellaini, Mata, Herrera, Carrick, Van Persie, Rooney

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