It’s extremely unusual for Manchester United to have such a stable back five but that’s the situation Louis van Gaal has right now, and it’s fantastic.
For that reason, there’s no need to explain why any of the back five are in the starting XI because, as it stands, they are there by default.
Morgan Schneiderlin – He’ll return to the starting XI having been given a rest for the away game against Club Brugge.
Juan Mata – Has actually adapted quite well to the right-wing position. Doesn’t have pace but doesn’t need it thanks to Darmian’s overlaps.
Wayne Rooney – Three goals in Belgium, can he follow it up in Wales?
Formation – 4-3-3: This is Louis van Gaal‘s preferred formation and he’ll be using it as much as he can.