There have been reports that Manchester United striker James Wilson suffered a dead leg whilst playing for the U21s on Monday night but it is a relatively minor injury from which he should recover quickly.
Such a move would certainly give Radamel Falcao more freedom to express himself, as the Colombian is too similar to van Persie to work with him effectively.
Van Gaal has shown he favours pragmatism over creativity however and may well revert to the much maligned 3-5-2 formation after last weekend’s 2-1 defeat against Swansea City.
The line up would allow Wayne Rooney to operate in the space behind Falcao and Wilson and he should be able to thread them in with his range of passing.
What do you think of this formation?