Manchester United U21s vs Leicester: Confirmed team – Van Persie starts

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United’s Starting XI: J Pereira, Rafael, Blackett, Thorpe, Kellett, Evans, Love, Goss, Wilson, van Persie, Januzaj

Substitutes: O’Hara, Grimshaw, Weir, Harrop, A. Fletcher

Manchester United’s U21s have named a very strong starting XI for tonight’s game against Leicester City which includes six first-team squad members.

Robin van Persie makes his return from injury alongside James Wilson up front and Adnan Januzaj will be playing in midfield.

Rafael, Tyler Blackett and Jonny Evans are the three other first-team members involved and all are likely to play in defence, with Tom Thorpe expected to move up into a midfield position.

While the U21s are typically the place where fans want to see the stars of tomorrow progress, Louis van Gaal is a big advocate of using the game time to help his first-team players either recover from injury or simply get to game time. That is certainly the case tonight.

If you want to watch the game, kick-off is at 7PM and it is live on MUTV.

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