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Manchester United Expected Starting XI vs Cardiff: Juan Mata to Make Full Debut

Predicted line-up for Manchester United’s clash with Cardiff City in the Premier League at Old Trafford.

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GK: David de Gea

The Spaniard made a dreadful mistake in the League Cup semi-final defeat at Sunderland but his place is not under threat from Anders Lindegaard…yet.

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RB: Rafael

With new signing Juan Mata likely to play from the right, Rafael will be tasked with providing much-needed width to the United attack.

CB: Phil Jones

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The versatile England international could be asked to play in centre midfield, with Chris Smalling at centre half, but with Darren Fletcher fit again, Jones may be handed a run of games in one position.

CB: Jonny Evans

Not the most glamorous player on United’s books but one of the most effective. With Nemanja Vidic suspended and Rio Ferdinand injured, Evans is guaranteed to play.

LB: Patrice Evra

With Leighton Baines signing a new deal at Everton, Evra likely to keep his place at left back until at least the end of this season.

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