Chris Smalling – With Rojo at left-back, Smalling would lead the heart of defence.
Jonny Evans – No unnecessary backpasses to De Gea please Jonny.
Antonio Valencia – We want to say Rafael but that just won’t happen.
Ander Herrera – Now a regular starter just like he should be.
Daley Blind – United’s midfield pin. Without him, the shape falls apart.
Wayne Rooney – Up front or in midfield? It all depends on van Gaal’s formation.
Angel di Maria – Might be out of form but won’t be out of the team.
Ashley Young – Should start, one of United’s best players at the moment.
Radamel Falcao – Van Persie’s absence gives the Colombian another chance to turn his fortunes around.