Manchester United take on Barcelona in their third game of their pre-season tour of the United States, as they hope to maintain their unbeaten summer form.
The Red Devils are set to recall David De Gea to line up, who is now injury free – and Louis van Gaal will likely continue to field a strong XI – similar to that which could begin the 2015-16 Premier League campaign.
Bastian Schweinsteiger, who was criticised by Louis van Gaal for his performance against San Jose Earthquakes, is expected to miss the clash with a minor injury.
The clash kicks off on Saturday at 9pm at Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium.
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We’ve put together a potential 4-3-3 that the Dutchman may start in the States…
GK – David De Gea
David De Gea is poised to make his first appearance of pre-season, and will surely be met with a huge reception following continued Real Madrid speculation, as van Gaal looks set to keep his No.1.
RB – Matteo Darmian
Van Gaal confirmed that the Italy international would replace Valencia at right-back, and the former Torino defender is set to be handed another start to settle into his new United role.
CB – Chris Smalling
The England international was impressive last season, and may be ahead of Phil Jones in the pecking order.
CB – Daley Blind
Van Gaal has hinted that his compatriot could be his regular ‘left-footed central defender‘ next season, with the former Netherlands manager hinting that this defensive position is still being examined this summer.
LB – Luke Shaw
The former Southampton star has been public in admitting that his fitness has not been up to scratch in Manchester, and he’ll therefore be looking for maximum playing time during pre-season.