Manchester United Potential XI vs City: Jesse Lingard in for Juan Mata

by Sam Peoples

Jesse Lingard‘s excellent performances against Everton and CSKA Moscow has given Louis van Gaal a genuine alternative to Juan Mata on the right wing.

As we saw in the Everton game, Mata’s lack of pace left Manchester United really exposed in defence and Lingard’s second half performance quashed the threat down that flank.

There’s every chance van Gaal could employ the same tactic against Manchester City as Raheem Sterling and Jesus Navas give them so much explosive pace on the wings, so the more defensive Lingard ahead of Mata might be the team shape van Gaal prefers.


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It’s an interesting thought and it all depends on how van Gaal wants to set his side up. Putting Lingard in the side would be a bold move but one that could give United some more strength in defence in terms of being able to cope with City’s attack.

Who do you think should start against Manchester City: Jesse Lingard or Juan Mata?

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