Fans agree that both Shaw and Darmian should start but are confused by Van Gaal’s insistence on Blind as his first-choice centre-back, despite the fact he played poorly all pre-season in that position.
With Spurs in mind, we’ll be looking at lots of potential formation/starting XI choices in the build-up to the game.
Man United have lots of top quality midfielders but Van Gaal hasn’t yet been able to find what partnerships he wants to use and a player he has overlooked all pre-season is Ander Herrera.
However, the Spaniard could potentially create a superb partnership with Morgan Schneiderlin as they both have great energy levels.
Michael Carrick sitting deep in midfield to protect the defence would allow Schneiderlin and Herrera more attacking freedom through the middle but does Van Gaal want to see the Frenchman in more of a defensive minded role?
Lots of questions and talking points for Van Gaal to consider ahead of the Spurs game.
Do you think this is a good starting XI to face Spurs? Let us know in the comments.