Manchester United travel to Anfield on Sunday to face rivals Liverpool in the Premier League.
We were in action at Valencia in the Champions League on Wednesday night, 24 hours after Liverpool hosted Napoli in their final group stage tie.
However, we had already booked our place into the second round prior to our trip to Spain, whilst the zero-time Premier League winners required their strongest team in their final fixture to progress.
Jose Mourinho heavily rotated his squad, making eight changes to the starting lineup since Saturday’s 4-1 thrashing of Fulham at Old Trafford.
The several players who didn’t feature at Valencia could well have been rested for this weekend’s important clash. So here is the starting XI that Jose may have dropped a hint over as most did not feature in Spain:
Goalkeeper: David de Gea
No surprises to see the Spaniard return to the starting XI as Sergio Romero came in on Wednesday for only his second appearance of the season. David de Gea has had some excellent performances against Liverpool in the past, keeping six clean sheets in 19 matches, winning nine.
Defence: Diogo Dalot, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw
Limited with options at centre-back, Eric Bailly performed better than Phil Jones midweek and could keep his place in the starting lineup to partner Chris Smalling at Anfield. Diogo Dalot has impressed in his first two starts for the club and I think he’ll be trusted to face Liverpool. Luke Shaw is set to play at left-back with both Marcos Rojo and Ashley Young splitting the time there in the Champions League.
Midfield: Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini
Nemanja Matic was rested midweek so that he’s fresh to face the enemy this weekend. Alongside the Serbian should be Ander Herrera whose energy and workrate will be key in helping to prevent the supply to Liverpool’s attacking trio. Paul Pogba didn’t do enough against Valencia to warrant a start in this one so I have a feeling we could see Marouane Fellaini start again. The Belgian is a unit in midfield to help break up Jurgen Klopp side’s possession.
Attack: Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial
Anthony Martial was rested midweek so we have to assume the French forward will come back into the side. Romelu Lukaku doesn’t get tired so should keep his place up front. Marcus Rashford made an excellent impact from the subs bench midweek so has to be given a start this weekend.
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