Louis van Gaal might have overseen United’s worst start to a Premier League campaign in seven years, but there’s one positive to look forward to if you’re a United fan. The last time United got off to a similar start, they drew with Reading and Portsmouth before losing to Manchester City, a small early blip en route to a Champions League winning campaign. United now have the world’s best playmaker in their ranks in the form of Angel Di Maria and arguably one of the world’s top strikers in Radamel Falcao in addition to an already prolific forward line of Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Juan Mata and Adnan Januzaj. And with the 3-4-1-2 formation reaping little success, the 4-3-1-2 formation looks the best fit in view of the players at van Gaal’s disposal.
Let’s take a look at the probable Manchester United starting lineup to face QPR on Sunday.
David De Gea
The Spaniard is the undisputed No.1 at the club and one of the very best in the world at the moment. De Gea would be the first name on the teamsheet on Sunday.
Rafael, Evans, Rojo, Shaw.
Rafael da Silva has consistently flattered to deceive, failing to graduate from one of the most promising full backs in the world to an established Manchester United footballer. Is this his time to impress van Gaal?
Jonny Evans had a shocker against Milton Keynes Dons and he should be more at ease in a back four.
New recruit Marcos Rojo handed in a transfer request at Sporting Lisbon to complete his move to Manchester United. Can the surprise package of the World Cup make it big in the Premier League?
Luke Shaw played about 60 minutes in midweek for the reserves and could be rushed back to action in the absence of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.
Herrera, Blind, Di Maria.
Ander Herrera struggled to cope with the pace of the Premier League in the opening game against Swansea but his passing range and industry in the middle of the park will be useful.
Daley Blind could potentially turn out to be the signing of the season for United, as the Dutchman will add that much needed balance to the side. Blind breaks up play and likes to bring the forward players into the game and the Dutch League’s best player last season could be one to watch out for this season.
Angel Di Maria displayed one or two moments of the genius he is capable of with his trademarks darting runs against Burnley, and the Old Trafford faithful would get their first chance to watch their record signing in action on Sunday.
Rooney, van Persie, Falcao.
Wayne Rooney has been off-colour so far this season, but a couple of goals in the international break for England would have done his confidence a whole lot good. Rooney should be deployed in the hole behind the strike force of RvP and Falcao.
Robin van Persie seems to be nearing match sharpness with every game and should be rearing to go against Harry Redknapp’s men.
The most audacious Manchester United transfer move in recent times, Radamel Falcao’s acquisition is a statement of intent like no other. And with his new signing available to take on QPR on Sunday, van Gaal must feel like he is operating a computer game more than anything else.
There is a wealth of attacking riches at Manchester United, but you’re only as good as the results show.