Strongest Manchester United XI to face Crystal Palace: Rooney Dropped; Herrera Starts

After losing to Middlesbrough in the League Cup, Manchester United travel to London to face Crystal Palace. How will the Red Devils line-up for the clash? Here is their likely starting XI.

Goalkeeper: David de Gea

David de gea

After getting a deserved break, Spanish custodian David de Gea will be in front of the goal ahead of Argentine Sergio Romero.

Defenders: Matteo Darmian, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo

After a great show against Manchester City, Argentine defender Marcos Rojo will start as the left back and Manchester United’s new signing Matteo Darmian will play as the right-back. After getting a start in the mid-week, Dutch International Daley Blind is likely to start from the bench with Phil Jones and Chris Smalling starting as the central defenders. Smalling has been rock solid in defence so far this season and will look to continue his form against Alan Pardew’s men.

Midfielders: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Ashley Young

Ander Herrera
Ander Herrera

German International Bastian Schweinsteiger was given a break midweek and is set to start on Saturday alongside and Frenchman Morgan Schneiderlin as the holding midfielder ahead of Micheal Carrick. There are huge concerns over the form of skipper Wayne Rooney as the fans want him to be benched. Rooney has been in a pathetic form sine the start of the season and is likely to get the axe, In his place, fellow Englishman Ashley Young will start in the left wing with Spaniard Juan Mata starting on the right. Ander Herrera will play behind the striker.

Forward: Anthony Martial


Manchester United’s deadline day signing Anthony Martial has cemented his place in the playing XI courtesy of his brilliant run and Rooney’s poor form. Martial looked dangerous for the opposition defence in front of the goals and showed what he is capable of ever since making his debut against Liverpool. Martial will start as the lone striker for Manchester United against Palace.

Written by Jose Mourinho Guy

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