Man Utd vs Newcastle: Potential 3-5-2 – Rooney in midfield

by Sam Peoples

Louis van Gaal has confirmed that Manchester United are unlikely to have any more players returning from injury against Newcastle United on Boxing Day.

With that in mind, Wayne Rooney is expected to start in a deeper midfield role once again which allows Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao to start as the two main strikers with Juan Mata in just behind them.

Angel di Maria is in line to start having come on a substitute against Aston Villa and with Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and Daley Blind all out injured, will he start alongside Rooney?

It would be an incredibly attacking formation but with Michael Carrick almost certain to start in defence again, Van Gaal is surely keen to avoid starting Darren Fletcher again after what happened against Aston Villa.


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