Predicted XI: Manchester United vs QPR – Blind starts, Falcao benched

Predicted XI: Manchester United vs QPR – Blind starts, Falcao benched

David de Gea – One of Louis van Gaal‘s easiest selections for Sunday.

Jonny Evans – With Phil Jones and Chris Smalling injured, Evans will definitely play against QPR.

Marcus Rojo – It is time for the Argentine’s debut.

Tyler Blackett – If Van Gaal sticks with a back three then Blackett will start again.

Antonio Valencia – Despite Rafael’s return to training, Valencia will probably continue at right-back.

Daley Blind – United’s new defensive midfielder should take over the reigns from Darren Fletcher in the centre of the pitch on Sunday.

Angel di Maria – United’s record signing is expected to start again in central midfield against QPR.

Luke Shaw – A return to fitness for Shaw, combined with other injuries, mean the young Englishman is set to make his United league debut.

Juan Mata – Despite the signing of Falcao, the exits of Shinji Kagawa, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez means Mata should still have a place at the club, something that may be affirmed by a start on Sunday.

Wayne Rooney – United’s captain will hope to flourish in a new star-studded team.

Robin van Persie – Van Persie will be looking to really kick-start his 2014-15 campaign after a slow start.

Formation: 3-4-1-2

Louis van Gaal may decide to save new Colombian star Falcao for the bench in his first game at Manchester United, though compatriot Daley Blind may be required to start.

Should the Dutch manager continue with three at the back then the above team is a likely set-up, but he could equally go for a four-man defence, something that may see Tyler Blackett drop out and potentially Adnan Januzaj or Falcao come in to the starting XI.

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Tom has a degree in Politics & Economics. He was previously sports editor of a student newspaper and is now working in the charity sector.