Manchester United’s Strongest XI vs Everton: Ander Herrera starts

by Tanveer Arayan

Arguably our best performance this season came in our 3-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park.

We sat deep, invited Roberto Martinez’s side forward and hit them fast and hard on the counter-attack – exactly what we did against Stoke at home in the 3-0 win there.

What really stood out to me for that Everton game was the midfield of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Ander Herrera. That trio is our best on paper but Louis van Gaal has seldom used it. Although Bastian is out, the other two certainly aren’t and they need to start against Everton.

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We should adopt a very similar tactic to how we played at Goodison Park. Let Everton come forward and blow them apart with some serious counter-attacking football. It sounds simple on paper but van Gaal rarely does simple.

United just need to play to their strengths at the moment and that means getting the ball up to Marcus Rashford or Anthony Martial as quickly as possible. Use their pace to get in behind Phil Jagielka and we’ll be laughing, settle for stagnant possession and we’ll lose.

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