Manchester United’s potential XI vs Stoke City – Ander Herrera starts

by Ben Topliss

In what is a must win game for Manchester United, Louis van Gaal may finally decide to show faith in Ander Herrera against Stoke City on Boxing Day.

Herrera recently returned from injury but van Gaal could only give him a place on the substitute’s bench in the defeat against Norwich City last time out.

Man United look much more dangerous with the Spaniard on the pitch and it is more likely that they will get the goals the under pressure van Gaal needs as he looks to keep his job at Old Trafford.

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Elsewhere, Morgan Schneiderlin may return to the starting XI having not featured at all against Norwich.

It was a puzzling decision by van Gaal to leave both Schneiderlin and Herrera on the bench against the Canaries and the hope is that he realises the error of his ways.

However, Herrera’s inclusion would mean Wayne Rooney, who has been subpar all season long, would drop out the side, and that it something that van Gaal has been extremely reluctant to do over the course of the campaign.

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