David de Gea – He’ll be our No.1 goalkeeper all season now so long as he can stay fit.
Luke Shaw – Have to wonder whether burnout could become an issue for Shaw at some point? Until then, he’s a certain starter.
Chris Smalling – Chris Beckenbauer or Franz Smalling? You decide.
Daley Blind – Man of the match against Liverpool and will be happy playing back in his homeland.
Matteo Darmian – Mr. Consistent. Loves a good 7/10 performance.
Morgan Schneiderlin – Would be surprised to see him left out of two consecutive starting XI’s.
Bastian Schweinsteiger – United’s Fussball Meister.
Juan Mata – Has been playing well at right-wing, not incredibly but well, and there really is no competition for that position.
Memphis Depay – Big night for Memphis up against his old team.
Anthony Martial – If van Gaal plays his strongest XI for games, Martial simply has to be in it. End of discussion.
Formation: 4-2-3-1: It’s a European away game and having that extra midfielder will protect the defence. Will use the pace up front to hit on the counter-attack.