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Strongest Possible Manchester United XI to Face West Brom: Lingard and Young to Start

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Chris Smalling

Manchester United host West Brom in the Premier League after their skipper Wayne Rooney ended their 325-minute goal drought in the 1-0 victory over CSKA Moscow in the Champions League. amid criticisms over their style of play. Since their 1-1 draw in Moscow last month, Louis Van Gaal’s  men have drawn four out of the five games in all competitions, out-of-which three of which were 0-0s and this received criticisms from the fans and even the former players. Manchester United will be hoping for a revival in front of the goal.

Manchester United will be without Luke Shaw, Paddy McNair and Antonio Valencia because of their respective injury while Matteo Darmian is suspended from the game. Phil Jones is set to return for the game after missing last week’s clash against Crystal Palace. This is how the Red Devils will line up for to face West Brom:

Matteo Darmian
Matteo Darmian

Spanish custodian David de Gea will be the goalkeeper for United ahead of Argentine Sergio Romero. In the defence, Phil Jones will partner Chris Smalling. Both Jones and Smalling have been a force to reckon with and will hope to continue to be the same against West Brom. Matteo Darmian is out and Ashley Young will be the right-back while Marcos Rojo will take care of the left.

In the midfield, Morgan Schneiderlin is set to return to the playing XI and partner Bastian Schweinsteiger as the holding midfielder with Michael Carrick leaving the way. Jesse Lingard’s brilliant performance against Moscow might earn him a place in the XI with Juan Mata getting a much-deserved break. In this case, Ander Herrera will play in the right and Lingard will play in the left.

Since Van Gaal has decided to use Martial as a winger in order to accommodate his captain Wayne Rooney, the goals have dried up. So it is likely that Martial will be back to his role ass the striker with Rooney playing as the number 10.

Anthony Martial

Manchester United Possible XI: David De Gea; Ashley Young, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo; Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger; Ander Herrera, Wayne Rooney, Jesse Lingard; Anthony Martial.