David de Gea – Doesn’t need to be explained anymore.
Ashley Young – Matteo DArmian isn’t fit enough to return and although I prefer Guillermo Varela there, Louis van Gaal turned to experience against Norwich and I expect him to do the same in a must-win game at Stoke.
Chris Smalling – He’ll need to have a great game up against Stoke.
Phil Jones – Will he be fit? Won’t he be fit? You decide.
Daley Blind – Can see him at left-back for the foreseeable future.
Morgan Schneiderlin – Simply needs to start.
Juan Mata – Played so poorly in the last couple of games. Would rather Herrera played at right-wing instead but unlikely to happen.
Memphis Depay – So unsure about Memphis. Really hasn’t settled properly.
Anthony Martial – United’s only bright spark these days.
Wayne Rooney – Captain unfantastic.
Formation: 4-2-3-1 – Want nothing more than for a 4-3-3 formation to return on a permanent basis but van Gaal loves the added defensive protection which two holding midfielders gives him.