Predicted XI: Manchester United vs AS Roma

by Tom Newbold

David de Gea – Despite four goalkeeping options in United’s tour squad, Louis van Gaal will probably start with his first choice keeper against Roma.

Chris Smalling – Substituted at half time against LA Galaxy, Smalling should be fresh to start on Saturday.

Phil Jones – Jones will be hoping for more appearances in his favoured centre-back position.

Jonny Evans – Evans should make-up the defence in Van Gaal’s new three-man back-line.

Antonio Valencia – An injury to Rafael means Valencia should start at right wing-back for the second consecutive game.

Shinji Kagawa – Having played in central midfield during the second half against LA Galaxy, it appears Van Gaal may favour Kagawa as a deeper midfielder, especially when considering the sparse midfield options and the fact both Darren Fletcher and Ander Herrera played 90 minutes just two days ago.

Tom Cleverley – Cleverley can be expected to play from the start against Roma.

Tyler Blackett – There have been suggestions that Blackett will start against Roma and it may be in the left wing-back position, thus giving Van Gaal a chance to view the youngster in a different position to the left centre-back area he featured in against LA Galaxy.

Juan Mata – Mata will probably start once again in the hole with Kagawa in a deeper role.

Wayne Rooney – Rooney is the potential captain for this friendly.

Danny Welbeck – Welbeck will probably start again up front with his aerial ability and pace potentially causing multiple problems.

Formation: 3-4-3

Van Gaal is set to continue with what he calls a ‘3-4-3’ formation. This means that his three first-choice centre-backs should start together again. Other roles are up for grabs but it is likely the Dutch manager will select what he deems to be his first-team, pending fitness.

Jesse Lingard, Will Keane, Javier Hernandez and perhaps Wilfried Zaha are all likely to be involved later in the game after not appearing in the fixture against LA Galaxy.

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