Manchester United kick off their Champions League campaign tomorrow against Club Brugge of Belgium, hoping to qualify for the group stage through this play off.
With David De Gea still not settled and his future in doubt, it is almost certain that Louis van Gaal will maintain faith in the defence that has barely been troubled in the two league games so far this season. That means Sergio Romero and Daley Blind filling in the two positions that appear to be most up for grabs
And why not?
With the emphasis on scoring goals in this first leg, for us, we felt the trickiest selection boiled down to the number ten. We’re sure that Bastian Schweinsteiger – incidentally, the last player to score a Champions League goal at Old Trafford – will start in place of Michael Carrick.
Juan Mata was arguably United’s most creative player and Adnan Januzaj did quite well on Friday. Memphis Depay might be one who will watch this game from the bench as he continues to adjust to life at United and Januzaj’s selection is ahead of Marouane Fellaini, who is available as his suspension doesn’t impact European football. Fellaini may well be option B and we feel that Van Gaal will count on Young’s European experience on that left hand side.
Up front, given his strong defence of the player, is there any doubt that Wayne Rooney will play?