David de Gea – No.1 by a long margin now.
Luke Shaw – Came on as a substitute in the last game and could make his first start since Arsenal in November.
Paddy McNair – Evans was poor against Spurs.
Phil Jones – United need some physicality against Stoke and Jones loves a scrap.
Chris Smalling – Van Gaal would have been impressed by Smalling after his recovery from City.
Rafael – Valencia was taken off with fatigue against Tottenham Hotspur
Michael Carrick – United’s most important midfielder at the moment.
Wayne Rooney – In-form and incredibly important.
Juan Mata – Like Rooney, Mata is bang in-form.
Robin van Persie – Van Gaal will want Van Persie firing again.
Radamel Falcao – Fitness problems seem to be behind him, now he needs the goals.