Predicted XI and formation: Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur

Predicted XI and formation: Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur

Sam Johnstone – With David de Gea not playing, Johnstone should come in given how much he played during the pre-season.

Matteo DarmianLouis van Gaal has already confirmed he will start.

Chris Smalling – Right now, he remains Manchester United’s first choice centre-back.

Daley Blind – Like Darmian, Van Gaal has confirmed he will start.

Luke Shaw – Was excellent in the pre-season, here’s hoping he can continue with that form.

Morgan Schneiderlin – Can’t wait to see him boss the midfield. Haven’t had a player like him, in his prime, for a long time.

Michael Carrick – Think Van Gaal will want him to dictate from deep.

Memphis Depay – He’ll be itching to start and Van Gaal will oblige. Was the only player to start all four pre-season games.

Juan Mata – United’s best option at right midfield.

Ashley Young – New contract was richly deserved for Young and Van Gaal still has a soft spot for him.

Wayne Rooney – United’s focus man up front this season. Can he score 20+ goals?

Predicted formation: 4-3-3 – Van Gaal used a 4-2-3-1 during the pre-season but has said on more than one occasion that he will revert to his favoured 4-3-3 when the Premier League kicks off.

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Sam founded The Peoples Person back in 2011 after writing his university dissertation on The Munich Air Disaster. Since then, the website has been creating daily Man United content on everything from transfers and features to full match day coverage.