If a home game against Crystal Palace wasn’t already considered a must win game for Manchester United, recent results have made sure that is certainly the case on Saturday.
One point from Chelsea and City means United have to get back to winning ways as soon as possible and losing at home to Palace prior to a two week break ahead of an away trip to Arsenal wouldn’t be ideal.
Louis van Gaal will no doubt put out his strongest possible XI and here’s who we think warrants a place in that side.
The most notable absence is Robin van Persie as James Wilson‘s energy and pace are perfectly suited to the lone striker role in Van Gaal’s 4-3-3, whereas Van Persie has cut a very isolated figure in recent matches.
Wayne Rooney adopts the same deeper position he did against City and it allows both Angel di Maria and Adnan Januzaj much more freedom to float across the middle behind Wilson, adding more dimension to United’s attack.
All in all, it’s a formation with the personnel to damage any team in the Premier League on its day.