Cardiff City vs Manchester United – Predicted XI: Kagawa frozen out

by Tom Newbold

David de GeaDe Gea will be looking to get back into a rhythm of games again after the international break.

Chris SmallingAssuming Rafael and Phil Jones remain injured for this fixture, Smalling is set to start again at right-back unless David Moyes opts for Fabio.

Nemanja Vidic: In his press conference, Moyes suggested Vidic has been carefully monitored to the point where he will be ready to return to action after concussion.

Jonny Evans: Evans appears to be United’s first choice centre-back these days. Rio Ferdinand is more likely to be used in midweek in the Champions League.

Patrice Evra: The Frenchman will be on a high after his country’s dramatic qualification for the World Cup last week.

cardiff-awayAntonio ValenciaThe right-wing position is probably a toss up between Valencia and Nani, with Valencia getting the nod over the Portugese winger in my mind.

Tom Cleverley: Some game time for England in midweek will have helped give some rhythm to Cleverley after a recent lack of minutes. He will certainly be important in the absence of Michael Carrick.

Marouane FellainiSuspended in midweek, Fellaini will almost certainly start on Sunday with Carrick and potentially also Phil Jones, ruled out through injury.

Adnan Januzaj: It is more likely the Japanese player will start in midweek against Bayer Leverkusen with young Januzaj getting the nod against Cardiff.

Wayne RooneyA lengthy injury to Danny Welbeck means there is slightly less competition for the forward places and even less opportunity to rest Rooney.

Robin van Persie: Van Persie is also set to start this tough away fixture.

Formation: 4-4-1-1

David Moyes may have one eye on the midweek Champions League game with Bayer Leverkusen where United can seal qualification from the group stage. With Marouane Fellaini suspended for that game, Ryan Giggs is likely to be rested until then with Ferdinand also likely to be saved until that tough away encounter.

For this fixture, as is often the case, international duty may rule Kagawa out of an immediate return to the starting eleven, hence Januzaj’s likely inclusion.

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