Predicted XI: Manchester United vs Real Madrid – Van Gaal to choose strong side

by Sam Peoples

David de GeaLouis van Gaal has rotated his goalkeepers on US Tour but up against Real Madrid, he’ll want his No.1 back in between sticks.

Phil Jones – Jones has enjoyed a decent tour so far and with Chris Smalling ruled out, he’s a shoe in to start.

Jonny Evans – Just like Jones, Evans has adapted well to the new 3-5-2 formation and Van Gaal loves a ball playing centre-back.

Michael Keane – Toss up between Keane and Blackett. Either could start.

Antonio Valencia – Keane is the only alternative to Valencia at right wing-back but Van Gaal seems to like the power and pace that Valencia offers.

Luke Shaw – He’ll be desperate to impress after Van Gaal’s comments about his fitness and the Dutchman will want to see how he responds.

Ander Herrera – A given. Settled in very well with United and has immediately had a great impact.

Darren Fletcher – Another midfielder who has had some strong performances. Could be captain again.

Juan Mata – Has quickly become very influential under Van Gaal in his natural No.10 position.

Danny Welbeck – Van Gaal will want Welbeck over Hernandez because of his ability to get involved in more of the play.

Wayne Rooney – Like Herrera, a dead cert to start. Has been one of the best players on tour.

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