(Picture) Strongest Manchester United Lineup To Face Southampton – Rooney & Mata Set To Start

In-Form Striker Wayne Rooney has been the lone warrior for Manchester United this season

One more feather in the cap for Van Gaal and company. Post back to back convincing triumphs against Hull City and Stoke the Red Devils have almost turned it around at the right time of the season. four wins in as many as games equals the record, which was last set when Sir Alex Ferguson was on the hot seat.

United now travel to St. Mary’s to face Saints who lead them by a point and a win would mean that van Gaal’s men despite starting the season in a dismal fashion would find themselves in third place only behind Champions Manchester City and league leaders Chelsea. On the other hand, Southampton has had a very meager run in the past few weeks as they come in terms with reality. With successive defeats at the hands of Manchester City and Arsenal the Saints are in a bit of a downward spiral. However, they have nothing to lose and they can maintain the third spot with a win over United. As the Saints seek ways to rejuvenate their morale, Louis Van Gaal would bank upon his team’s marvelous form and momentum at the moment and look forward to yet another impressive outing.

Here is our Predicted Manchester United lineup for the game on Monday night.

David de Gea: The young Spaniard has been the real saviour for his side this season. His strong of saves against Stoke, especially the one of Diouf’s header and Arnautovic’s strike was nothing but sheer brilliance.

Antonio Valencia: The Ecuadorian has been a very instrumental performer for Manchester United and shall be starting as the make shift right back once again.

Chris Smalling: Smalling has turned his season around with the Red Devils. The man who was sent off in the derby game for a needless foul has been rock solid since his outing against Arsenal. Van Gaal would surely give him an opportunity to prove his worth in the upcoming game.

Marcos Rojo: Although a slow start to his United career, Rojo is starting to look like a real deal. The Manchester boss would be interested to give the Argentine more scope and exposure, thus, featuring him in the squad against Southampton.

Ashley Young: The English winger displayed a one of his best shows against the Potters. He provided the necessary back up from the left back and would be eyeing to deliver even better against the Saints.

Marouane Fellaini: The Belgian has not been in prime form for a long time. However, all that seems to be a matter of the past now, particularly after Fellaini’s superb header giving the Devils a first half lead. As the midfielder maintains steady graph of betterment, Van Gaal would be interested in giving the latter a fair chance against the Saints.

Ander Herrera: The young gun has been very impressive since his summer move. His footwork and passes have been immaculate. The Spaniard adds more depth to the midfield and is one of first names of the squad in recent times.

Michael Carrick: The English midfielder seemed to lose out on his creativity at times and would be eagerly waiting to churn out a brilliant performance display against Koeman and company.

Juan Mata: The Spanish attacking midfielder was brilliant the other day. His 59th minute goal changed the course of the game, leading Manchester United to a win. He would determined to display such world class performance in the next game too.

Wayne Rooney: The Manchester skipper had been sidelined from the team in the preceding match owing to a slight injury. However, the skipper shall be fit enough to compete against the Saints and lead his team the forward.

Robin Van Persie: The Dutch striker’s form has been very underwhelming off late. However, his dedication and hard work for the team is unquestionable. Louis Van Gaal would like to give one of the most experienced strikers of his side a fair shake to substantiate his mettle in the next game.

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