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Manchester United vs Bayer Leverkusen – The starting XI

by Tom Newbold

David de Gea: De Gea has been relatively unchallenged at Old Trafford since David Moyes’ arrival and will be looking to start against Bayer Leverkusen in his third European campaign at United.

Fabio: Despite his twin brother returning to training this week, Fabio’s decent effort at right-back at the weekend should earn him another start on Tuesday night while his brother regains full fitness.

Jonny Evans: Evans has had limited opportunities under Moyes so far but a run of seven games in 21 days should mean plenty of rotation. Evans could well come in for Rio Ferdinand on Tuesday.

Nemanja Vidic: Assuming Vidic can cope with two games in four days then the Serbian will start against Leverkusen.

Patrice Evra: Evra is another experienced player set to start on Tuesday as Moyes looks to make a strong start to his first ever Champions League group stage.

Ashley Young: Danny Welbeck and Nani are both ruled out of tomorrow’s game with Shinji Kagawa looking unlikely to be fit so it is a toss up between Young and Valencia.

Michael Carrick: United’s midfield general will be relishing another chance to display his capabilities on the continental stage.

bayer leverkusenTom Cleverley: Cleverley’s neat technical style of play may earn him a place in the starting XI on Tuesday in this European fixture as Marouane Fellaini is expected to have to wait a little longer for a first start.

Ryan Giggs: After no involvement at the weekend or in midweek, Giggs with his vast European experience is a likely starter in this match.

Wayne RooneyAn effort-filled performance on Saturday proved Rooney is capable of doing a job in the team even with a protective headband and is thus set to start again on Tuesday.

Robin van Persie: The Dutch talisman is expected to start against Leverkusen after getting United back to scoring ways with his penalty on Saturday lunchtime.

Formation: 4-4-1-1

United are expected to line-up in their usual 4-4-1-1 formation with Wayne Rooney playing just behind Robin van Persie. Javier Hernandez may well be involved at some point however in place of one of these two. Should David Moyes instead decide to operate with a different tactical structure, it could give an indication as to how he will approach games in Europe for the rest of the season.

For Shinji Kagawa (flu), Danny Welbeck (knee) and Rafael (hamstring) this game may come too early to be involved. Phil Jones is also still injured. Moyes will be looking for a confident start to this European campaign, hence a likely strong selection, despite some expected rotation.

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