Manchester United’s Potential XI vs Club America: Ander Herrera and Juan Mata start

Manchester United’s Potential XI vs Club America: Ander Herrera and Juan Mata start

Last season, the burgeoning partnership of Juan Mata and Ander Herrera was one of the highlights of the year.

The Spanish duo flourished the more they played with each other but this season there is a lot more competition for their spots in the squad.

Herrera’s box-to-box style of play should really suit United now that Morgan Schneiderlin is in midfield to make sure the defence never gets too exposed.

Mata in the No.10 role in front of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Herrera could create some liquid football, especially with the pace that Memphis Depay and Wayne Rooney could offer up front.

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Although we would never have envisaged Memphis playing in a central role up front, the 21-year-old sees himself as a striker because he wants to score goals. With that in mind, Louis van Gaal may decide to give him a run out in that position.

Van Gaal’s preferred formation is a 4-3-3 but we’ve decided to opt for a 4-4-2 diamond here just to take a look at another option.

Defensively, all eyes will of course be on Matteo Darmian to see how he gets on at right-back, as well as Luke Shaw who has come into the pre-season much fitter than before.

What do you think of this starting XI? Let us know in the comments!

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