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Newcastle United vs Manchester United: Best XI including Di Maria

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United’s 2-0 win against Sunderland last weekend seemed to raise more questions than it did answers, with a number of Louis van Gaal‘s players experiencing mixed fortunes.

Angel di Maria was hauled off at half time following another ineffectual display while Wayne Rooney flourished up front by notching both of United’s goals.

Di Maria’s dip in form has been a source of concern for United fans but van Gaal has insisted he will stand by the Argentine and it is more than likely he will play against Newcastle United on Wednesday.

With Robin van Persie currently injured, Rooney could continue up front. With Juan Mata behind him, United’s captain would surely get on the scoresheet again.

Elsewhere, the performances of Ashley Young and Chris Smalling against Sunderland could force van Gaal to include them in his line up. Young, in particular, put in an excellent shift and was United’s most dangerous player on the day. With a squad including the likes of Radamel Falcao, Rooney, Di Maria and Ander Herrera, that is no mean feat.


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