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Manchester United’s Best XI vs Southampton: 4-3-1-2 with 3 strikers and no RvP

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The Big Man Back

The terms ‘Manchester United’ and ‘settled side’ have rarely inhabited the same sentence this season.

But with injured players coming back Manchester United’s team looks as strong as it has all campaign.

Of course Angel di Maria will probably be unavailable for the game but the great news is that Wayne Rooney has recovered from a knock and should take his place in the starting line up for a tough away trip to Southampton.

It’s great that Manchester United were able to win without Wayne Rooney but the whole side has an altogether stronger look when he is in it. United looked vulnerable on Tuesday and might easily have drawn the game.

Rooney gives his side a tougher edge and makes them more difficult to play through in general being positioned, as he is, right in the beating heart of the team.

But hey, regular readers of soccersweep will know that we think Rooney is the best player in the league, so don’t expect anything but praise for the lad from us.

Manchester City have done it, Arsenal just about managed it on Wednesday and now Manchester United need to take all the points off Southampton. The south coast side are completely unaccustomed to 3 defeats in a week this season, but Manchester United simply have to continue their momentum if they want to be title challengers come May.

Shaw, Blind and Jones are definitely out. Di Maria is most probably out. But Rafael and Evans could make an appearance on the bench for Monday’s game (Kick Off 2000 local time).

With Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia both acquitting themselves brilliantly in the full back roles over the last couple of games, expect them to continue in those positions.

Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling will also continue at centre back after solid recent form.

The big question is who starts up top. Manchester United have all four of their main men fit for once and James Wilson showed glimpses of brilliance against Stoke. He will be increasingly hard to keep out of the side – particularly with that pace.

It’s a tricky one but we are going to pop RvP on the bench with Falcao and Wilson up top and Rooney in the hole, in an attacking formation.

LvG may well opt for just one up top in this tough away game. But so many of his best available players are forwards that we feel he must go for three strikers.

Here is our best XI vs Southampton. Win it and United come back to Old Trafford to face Liverpool on the back of 5 straight wins. This one won’t be straightforward however.

Manchester United fans: let’s have your XIs
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  1. Wakooli Emmanuel Ronald

    Dec 5, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Utd Can Win The Title . Beat Liverpool And Southampton

  2. mO

    Dec 5, 2014 at 9:06 am

    I would prefer Juan Mata over James Wilson…
    Wilson can come on…

    Play Mata as a 10 and Rooney and Falcao as the two strikers upfront with a good strong midfield

    Herrera Carrick Fellaini


    Rooney Falcao

    • Richard

      Dec 5, 2014 at 11:08 am

      I want mata to start the game

    • gaz7753

      Dec 5, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      Anderson instead of Herrera.

    • gaz7753

      Dec 5, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      I would prefer Anderson but he hasnt been given a chance yet.

  3. kc

    Dec 5, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Yes man u need to pray up front wit facao and rooney mate 10

  4. Zakaribarde

    Dec 5, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Yes star mata and rooney, flco.

    • gaz7753

      Dec 5, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      and anderson

  5. Big AL

    Dec 5, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    The back lines and midfield chosen itself. No chg from last game. Forward shd be in form mata. Rooney. Falcao shd start the game to gain some match fitness. I have a feeling LVG will stick with RVP instead of Falcao.

    • gaz7753

      Dec 5, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      Anderson needs a game to help his fitness.

  6. Obore

    Dec 5, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Play The Two Spanish Players Herrera Nd Mata Then Falcao, Rooney Up Front Then Carrick, Fellaini, Valencia, Young, Midi Nd Rojo The Man Center It Will Be Awin Wilson No We Need Awin Play Serious Guys Lvg

  7. Daniel Emeka

    Dec 5, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    James Wilson should come in @the 2nd half. Juan Mata should be in the starting line-up to include Rooney and Falcao

  8. Oladeji sodiq

    Dec 5, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    We need mata

  9. vinch

    Dec 5, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Let mata start,wilson n januzaj 2 play against villa,we nid 2 win ol of d games ths mnth

  10. Utch

    Dec 5, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Falcao and wilson is just perfect, with rooney feeding them passes from behind. The formation is made in heaven

  11. Auwalu Bashiru Araba

    Dec 5, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Mata is our last match man of the match, So he have to start @ 10 role then rooney falcao up front.

  12. Enyboi

    Dec 5, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Louis Van Gaal should do Is best possible winning Formation but no How,We need Juan {Mata}

  13. Drom kandiado

    Dec 5, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    we need mata….

  14. andrew

    Dec 5, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Let wilson start upfront with Falcao. Rooney fesding them at no.10. Fellain, Harera and Carick at mid with young, smalling, rojo and valencia at back. Star Degea with his position. Mata, Raphael and Januzaj to play in the second half coz the likes of Mata can save the stiuation in the dyin mom. we will beat the saints terribly men!

  15. Gjoh

    Dec 5, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    perfect squad bt we really need juan mata to replace wilson…..kudos LVG…

  16. Ime victor

    Dec 5, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Play facao and roney up front,mata 2 support dem.fellani,carrick,and herrera in d middle.rojo,smalling,young and valencia at d back and degea 2 keep.

  17. Koboko

    Dec 5, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Keeper De gea ( back ) Rapheal Smalline Rojo Young ( mid ) Caricke Valencea Roony Harerer ( attc ) Willson and Falco

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