Fellaini, Darmian and Rojo all available for FA Cup final

by Sam Peoples

Louis van Gaal has confirmed Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian are both available to return for Manchester United in this weekend’s FA Cup final against Crystal Palace.

Marouane Fellaini could also return to the squad having served his three-match ban for violent conduct.

With so little injury woes ahead of the game, van Gaal faces a selection dilemma of sorts because there will be more than one player available in effectively every position which is not something Man United have had very often this season.

Speaking to the press on Thursday, van Gaal said: “There are many players. Fellaini is not suspended, Darmian and Rojo are not injured anymore. I have 27 players.”

While it’s a boost to have so few injuries for the FA Cup final, I don’t think I would start any of those three returning players if it was my choice. We all know what Fellaini offers as a central midfielder and I don’t want to see that from the start of the match. We should bring him on if we need to switch our playing style up but he shouldn’t start.

As for Rojo and Darmian, there are players in better form than both of them. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson should unquestionably start at left-back because he is, by some margin, a better player than Rojo. With Darmian, Antonio Valencia has actually been in pretty good form in the last few games and I see no reason why he would be dropped as soon as Darmian is available.

But, alas, this is van Gaal we are talking about and rarely does he make team selections with logic so I almost expect to see Rojo and Darmian back in the starting XI.

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