Strongest Manchester United XI To Face Chelsea: Fellaini And Carrick In The Pivot

Strongest Manchester United XI to face Chelsea

Michael Carrick
Michael Carrick

Louis van Gaal takes his Red Devils to Chelsea and will hope his side performs to a similar level that aided them as they swept away Stoke City last time around. Wayne Rooney, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial got the goals that pushed United closer to the top four and three points from this tie will help them in their hopes to qualify for the Champions League.

Chelsea came out with a good point against Watford but will have to be aware of Manchester United’s attacking threat, Memphis Depay would be fit enough to start but can he break into the first team lineup which has done alright in the previous game.

With such an important clash coming up we provide the predicted starting lineup for the Red Devils as they march to Stamford Bridge for all the three points.

David de Gea

The Manchester United number one is probably the best goalkeeper in England and there should be no doubt about his starting role in the team.

Matteo Darmian

The Italian defender put in a virtuoso display against Stoke City but will have to be at his best if he is to take on Eden Hazard and company.

Chris Smalling

The English centre-back will have his work cut out with him having to deal with Diego Costa and Manchester United will be dependent on him to keep the Spanish striker out.

Daley Blind

Daley Blind will have to be careful of the pace of Chelsea’s other attackers; he shouldn’t be sucked into the battle with Costa.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson

The youngster was decent against Stoke City and playing him might be a gamble but it could end up paying off for Louis van Gaal.

Marouane Fellaini

The Belgian should play in midfield and not in the attack; the battle between him and Nemanja Matic would be great to watch.

Michael Carrick

Carrick Should partner Fellaini in the midfield pivot. The midfielder’s range would be crucial for Manchester United to do well and the 34-year-old will need to have quick feet to do well.

Jesse Lingard

The goal against Stoke would have given him a great confidence boost and he should continue in the starting XI for Manchester United.

Juan Mata

The Spanish star would be looking to prove to his ex-employers just how good he is by scoring a goal or creating one.

Anthony Martial

Martial has been a revelation in some games and gone missing in a few but he could be the X-factor against Chelsea with his pace and direct running.

Wayne Rooney

The Englishman provided a brilliant display in the 3-0 win over Stoke City and should easily make the lineup against Chelsea.

Written by Kevin Harrison

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