Strongest Manchester United Lineup To Face Bayer Leverkusen – Turn Kagawa Into A CM

After a late draw with Cardiff City on the weekend, Manchester United would be desperate to get back into winning ways again as they travel to Germany to face Bayer Leverkusen in a mid week champions league game. Red Devils  can qualify for knockout stages of the Champions League on Wednesday if they secure three points against the German side.

Predicted Lineup

Strongest Manchester United Lineup

De Gea

Smalling Vidic Ferdinand Evra

Cleverley Kagawa

Valencia                       Welbeck

Rooney

Van Persie

 

Defense

Moyes’ side receives a massive boost as their captain Nemanja Vidic, who missed the draw with Cardiff City is back and expected to start the game. With Jones and Rafeal still not recovered fully from their injuries, Smalling will mostly start in the right back position.

Central Midfield

Kagawa in Fellaini out
Kagawa in Fellaini out

With Fellaini and Cleverley flopping in recent games, best option available for Moyes is to play Kagawa as a central midfielder. He had some experience playing as CM during his Dortmund days. Even though this  might weaken up the defense a bit, but putting the Japanse star in the middle will surely increase team’s much needed playmaking abilities on the whole.

Wings

Valencia earns his place in the starting 11 with his good recent form. Here is an another change we suggest which may surprise a few. Play Welbeck in the left. Welbeck can play as an inverted winger, cutting in from wide areas and having a go at the goal. If this experiment fails, Moyes can replace Welbeck with Giggs and swap the Welshman’s position with Kagawa’s.

Attack

Attack looks as solid as ever with two deadly forwards playing their trade in United colors. Robin van Perise is back, which adds a direct threat to Leverkusen defense. Rooney to play just behind RVP as a no 10.

 
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