Manchester United have won their first two games of their North American pre-season tour but face their toughest challenge on Saturday night against Barcelona.
With plenty of positives to pick out and playing two different teams in each half of the first two games, Louis van Gaal might has confirmed he’ll be giving some players 60 minutes against the Spanish champions, so it could be seen as the first indication for his starting XI against Spurs at the start of the season.
Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin have both been excellent but have not played together thus far and it might be wise of Van Gaal to see how the two players co-exist while trying to build a chemistry between United’s new signings.
Andreas Pereira has impressed in his two appearances in America and is certainly building the trust of his manager with his performances. We would like to see that trust displayed with a role as the central attacking midfielder behind Wayne Rooney against Barcelona.
Memphis Depay might have to switch between being a striker, central attacking midfielder and winger during the season and it will be interesting to see how he adapts to varying situations in a United shirt. He’ll need that versatility to get as much game time as possible.
The back four we have selected is arguably United’s best back four at present and should be the defense that Van Gaal starts the season with. Barcelona will be a test and they should be put under more pressure than they have in the opening two affairs.
NB – We have put David de Gea straight back in goal as Van Gaal said he could be fit for the match.
What do you think of this starting XI for Manchester United? Let us know your ideal XI in the comments and we’ll discuss one tomorrow in another potential XI article.