Respected Journalists Debate Manchester United’s Best XI – 15 Alternative Options

Matt Lawton

Team (4-2-1-3): De Gea; Smalling, Jones, Rojo, Shaw; Herrera, Blind; Rooney; Van Persie, Falcao, Di Maria.

Justification: “I think there are weaknesses in this side, not least at the back. I’ve gone for Smalling at right back because I simply don’t trust Rafael. But the forward line, with Rooney playing a number 10 role, is packed with pace and ability. This is a team that should score more goals than it concedes.”

Chris Wheeler

Team (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Shaw; Herrera, Blind; Rooney, Mata, Di Maria; Falcao.

Justification: “Even though it’s an attacking line-up, there’s no room for Van Persie. On current form, he would be used off the bench. The system depends on two things: the front three of Rooney, Mata and Di Maria being inter-changeable, and Valencia and Shaw being more defensively responsible.Otherwise, I wouldn’t fancy facing this lot.”

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