PREDICTED XI: United’s 4-2-3-1 vs Sunderland – England Duo Return

Following a number of rotations midweek, which saw teenager Andreas Pereira earn his first start in the United senior squad, Louis van Gaal will look to keep momentum going with a convincing win over struggling Sunderland.

Old Trafford plays host to the Weirside club, who currently sit bottom of the Premier League without a win, on Saturday afternoon for a 3pm kick off.

Goalkeeper: David de Gea – United’s number one will look to continue his impressive form, which earned him the right to be captain after Wayne Rooney was substituted against Ipswich.


Defence: A tricky one to predict, with a number of injuries stunting Louis van Gaal’s selection, which involved picking Ashley Young at left-back in this week’s Capital One Cup tie, and an impressive performance was put in by Ecuadorian Antonio Valencia at right back.

I think Matteo Darmian will return, with Chris Smalling partnering Phil Jones at centre back for his return from a mild case of thrombosis, and Daley Blind to be reverted to left back.

Midfield: The United boss has a plethora of options in his midfield, after a solid summer of recruitment, as well as Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera impressing in recent weeks.

But after last week’s win over Southampton, I can see Morgan Schneiderlin keeping his place in the side, alongside a recalled Michael Carrick, to sit in front of the back four, with Bastian Schweinsteiger deserved of a rest.

With Sunderland severely behind the pace, and still looking for their first Premier League win, a first League start could be in order for Andreas Pereira on the right of the attacking three, after an impeccable full debut midweek, with Memphis on the left, and captain Wayne Rooney playing behind the striker.


Attack: Who else can it be, other than Deadline Day signing Anthony Martial, after scoring four goals in as many games since signing for the club.

With Younes Kaboul injured, Sebastian Coates and ex-United man John O’Shea could struggle to cope with the teenager’s pace, after showing a willingness to run behind and hang on the shoulder of the last defender.

Subs: Despite impressive displays against Southampton and Ipswich, time has come for a rotation in the squad and although they deserve a place in the side, I feel rests are in order for Spanish pair Juan Mata and Ander Herrera.

James Wilson could get his first appearance of the season from the bench, after he was left out of the side that played Ipswich which van Gaal said “gave him time to prepare.”

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Currently studying Sports Journalism at UCLan, George has been a United fan from day one, and has been blogging since 2012. With his immense love of the beautiful game and a keen eye for writing, George began his degree in Sports Journalism in the hope of one day combining the two and calling it a job. Not afraid to state his opinions, George's approach to writing is a creative and engaging one, painting the perfect picture of all things United.

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