Rarely have Manchester United had any sort of consistency in their starting XI under Louis van Gaal.
If the Dutchman hasn’t been forced to change his team, he’s tinkered with it. Some changes have worked while others haven’t but going into the derby on Sunday, Man United have had a fantastic run of form.
Not only have the performances been consistently the good, the personnel involved has been too. Van Gaal named an unchanged XI for both the Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool games and only made one change against Aston Villa because Chris Smalling was unwell. It was unprecedented scenes under the Dutchman.
So, heading into the crucial game against Manchester City, you’d be more surprised than anything to see van Gaal make any changes. After all, why should he? United are playing so well right now that changing anything could ruin the momentum.
If van Gaal had the confidence to name an unchanged XI for a game against Liverpool at Anfield, he won’t be daunted by City’s visit to Old Trafford.
So there is every chance he’ll use the same team he did against Liverpool, so long as Smalling is fit to start.