Manchester United: De Gea; Young, Smalling, Jones, Blind; Carrick, Herrera; Mata, Fellaini, Memphis; Martial
Subs: Romero, Borthwick-Jackson, McNair, Varela, Pereira, Schneiderlin, Rooney
Rooney has been in dreadful form for the majority of the season but it is still a huge call for van Gaal to drop his captain.
Elsewhere, Ander Herrera returns to the starting XI after only making the substitute’s bench in the 2-1 defeat against Norwich City last time out.
There have been numerous reports this week that van Gaal will be sacked if he does not secure three points against Stoke. It is a bold team selection for what is a crucial game and the hope is that the Dutchman’s gamble pays off.