Liverpool vs Man United: Predicted starting XI and formation

by Sam Peoples

David de Gea – Likely to be Manchester United’s most important player on the day as Liverpool are going to have plenty of chances.

Antonio ValenciaLouis van Gaal prefers Valencia over Rafael and away at Anfield isn’t the logical game to bring Rafael back into the starting XI.

Phil Jones – With Marcos Rojo out and Jonny Evans out, Jones and Smalling should keep their place (and probably would after an impressive performance against Tottenham Hotspur.

Chris Smalling – Ditto.

Daley Blind – Even if Luke Shaw was fit, Blind should have started against Liverpool because he was so impressive at home to Spurs.

Michael Carrick – Turned back the clocks with a stunning performance last week and van Gaal will be looking for Carrick to make sure Man United keep a hold of the game.

Ander Herrera – Equally as impressive as Carrick. It’s been a long time since United have had a ball playing midfielder like Herrera away at Anfield.

Marouane Fellaini – His best performance in a United shirt was against Spurs but with his Everton history, Liverpool fans will spit bile at Fellaini. Needs to control his discipline.

Ashley Young – He should be very confident going up against Glen Johnson and if he can swing in some fizzed crosses, he’ll create plenty of goalscoring chances.

Angel di Maria – Tough call to drop Juan Mata but United will need the pace on the counter-attack. Bringing Mata on for the last 15 minutes if the game is really tight could have a big impact too.

Wayne Rooney – You really get the feeling Rooney is going to kick the bucket and put in a top performance tomorrow at Anfield, a place he has tradtionally (like United in recent years) played very poor.

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