Predicted XI and Formation: Southampton vs Manchester United

by Sam Peoples

David de Gea He’ll have a busy afternoon at Southampton.

Matteo Darmian – Don’t think for one second that he should be moved to left-back.

Chris Smalling His partnership with Daley Blind is so important, even more so with Luke Shaw out.

Daley Blind Needs to stay at left centre-back, simply needs to.

Marcos Rojo Could see Ashley Young starting here but given it’s a position he’s natural to, Rojo could start. Take your pick.

Morgan Schneiderlin Definitely will be recalled to the starting XI.

Bastian Schweinsteiger Quickly becoming one of United’s most important players.

Memphis Depay Can he continue his goalscoring exploits from Europe where he now has three goals in three games? Here’s hoping.

Juan Mata No alternative unless you count Antonio Valencia. Will continue on the right flank.

Wayne Rooney Want to see him in the No.10 role, allowing Anthony Martial to take the main striker role.

Anthony Martial His performance away to PSV Eindhoven was one of the most dynamic from a United striker in a long, long time.

Formation – 4-2-3-1: With Rooney back, this formation allows him to play in the No.10 role and gives Martial a free roam up front without sacrificing real width.

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