MUTV Predicted XI: Manchester United vs Preston North End – Herrera starts, Rooney up front

by Ben Topliss

MUTV’s Stewart Gardner has named his predicted Manchester United XI to face Preston North End in tonight’s FA Cup fifth round tie.

Daley Blind starts despite suffering an injury against Burnley last week, which means Wayne Rooney can move up front to play alongside Radamel Falcao.

Ander Herrera starts in midfield along with Blind in a move which would delight United fans were it to become a reality.

Chris Smalling is given the nod after his match-winning performance against Burnley, lining up with Marcos Rojo at the heart of defence.

Rojo played at left back against the Clarets because of Luke Shaw’s suspension but the Englishman comes back into the side to face Preston.

Behind Falcao and Rooney, Mata operates in the hole. It is a good team and it would send a strong statement of intent if Louis van Gaal were to line up with it in a few hours time.

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