Confirmed starting XI: Stoke City vs Manchester United

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United: De Gea; Young, Smalling, Jones, Blind; Carrick, Herrera; Mata, Fellaini, Memphis; Martial

Subs: Romero, Borthwick-Jackson, McNair, Varela, Pereira, Schneiderlin, Rooney

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has dropped Wayne Rooney for the must win clash against Stoke City this afternoon.

Rooney has been in dreadful form for the majority of the season but it is still a huge call for van Gaal to drop his captain.

Elsewhere, Ander Herrera returns to the starting XI after only making the substitute’s bench in the 2-1 defeat against Norwich City last time out.

Anthony Martial starts up top, while Memphis Depay and Juan Mata line up on the wings.

There have been numerous reports this week that van Gaal will be sacked if he does not secure three points against Stoke. It is a bold team selection for what is a crucial game and the hope is that the Dutchman’s gamble pays off.

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