Predicted XI and Formation: Manchester United vs Liverpool

by Sam Peoples

David de Gea – Now that his contract situation is sorted, De Gea will go straight back in goal. Welcome back, Dave!

Matteo Darmian – One of the first names on the team-sheet. Deservedly named Manchester United’s Player of the Month for August.

Daley BlindMarcos Rojo probably won’t be fit enough to play, so Blind has no competition for his place.

Chris Smalling – Nominated for Premier League Player of the Month for August and that sums up how he is playing right now.

Luke Shaw – Equally as impressive as Smalling at the moment. Will cause Liverpool lots of problems down the left.

Morgan Schneiderlin – The first midfielder on the team-sheet, guaranteed to start when fit.

Bastian Schweinsteiger – Played twice in the international break and it’s a toss-up with Michael Carrick as both are fit.

Ander Herrera – Somebody I’d love to see in the starting XI vs Liverpool. His partnership with Juan Mata at Anfield last year won United the match.

Juan Mata – Has had the right-wing to himself so far this year.

Memphis Depay – Want to see him out on the left wing where he is so much more effective.

Wayne Rooney – After becoming England’s all-time record goalscorer, Rooney should be full of confidence.

Predicted formation – 4-3-3: Louis van Gaal has been using the 4-2-3-1 formation for the majority of the season but I’d like to see real width against Liverpool to expose their full-backs.

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