Manchester United should play this XI against Arsenal

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal takes his injury hit squad to the Emirates tomorrow evening in hope that his side will pull off their first away win of the season against rivals Arsenal. 

There's no doubt about it, the Red Devils will travel to north London as the underdogs, but will certainly believe that they can secure a positive result against Arsene Wenger's side. 

After all, the Gunners haven't exactly been in top form themselves, and United should have enough fire power in their side to hurt their rivals. 

Defensive department 

Of course, many will point towards Manchester United's extremely vulnerable back-line as a huge disadvantage heading into the showdown, but the return of Chris Smalling will prove a boost to Louis van Gaal. 

Smalling, who is under intense scrutiny at the moment, certainly has something to prove at the Emirates after his red-card in the derby at the Etihad a couple of weeks ago, and he must use tomorrow's showdown as a way to prove his critics wrong. 

And, alongside him, may well sit Michael Carrick, who is arguably the most intelligent player in the Manchester United dressing room. The calm presence that the former Tottenham man will provide will no doubt help United, despite the fact that he will be playing out of position.

Another man with something to prove will be Spaniard Ander Herrera, who has endured a tricky opening spell to his Old Trafford career. If he stars alongside Marouane Fellaini in the middle of the park, then the duo must help United's attacking stars make their mark on the clash. 

Di Maria & Januzaj 

It's almost certain that Louis van Gaal will start with Wayne Rooney, Angel di Maria and Robin van Persie against Wenger's side, while either of Juan Mata or Adnan Januzaj could slot into the right side of midfield. 

In truth, many will be expecting Mata to be given the nod, but it's Januzaj who deserves one more chance to shine in the crunch clash. 

Manchester United are - and always have been - at their best when they hit teams on the counter attack...with Di Maria and Januzaj down the flanks, United can hurt Arsenal with pace. And with Rooney and Van Persie, who will be desperate to find the net, in attack, United have a huge threat in the attacking department.

Mata, like he did in United's last fixture, may well come on and provide something different if Van Gaal's side are struggling; he's not a bad option to have...

Manchester United predicted XI

David de Gea, Antonio Valencia, Chris Smalling, Michael Carrick, Luke Shaw, Angel di Maria, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini, Adnan Januzaj, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie

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