As United begin to get in the swing of playing midweek again, following games against PSV Eindhoven and Ipswich Town, van Gaal has highlighted the importance of squad rotation as he looks to lead a push for the Premier League title from the front, after his side took top spot on Saturday.
Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg, who were runners up in Germany last year, travel to Old Trafford as the stadium plays host to a Champions League group stage game for the first time in Louis van Gaal stint at the club.
Defence: Injuries are still a problem for Louis van Gaal, while Daley Blind continues to impress in his new found role at centre back despite Phil Jones’ return to the side, and Ashley Young has also insisted he is happy to play at left back following his performance against Ipswich.
I think Phil Jones will make his first start this season alongside Chris Smalling, with Matteo Darmian returning to right back, and Daley Blind pushed out to his slightly more familiar role of left back.
Midfield: Van Gaal has a clean slate to choose from, with his four first choice central midfielders all available for selection, with Schneiderlin putting in another solid performance at the weekend alongside Michael Carrick.
I can see the boss going for the jugular in this game, and partnering Bastian Schweinsteiger with Ander Herrera in the deep lying roles, giving the Spaniard license to roam as Schweinsteiger patrols in front of the defence.
With Wolfsburg’s current League form stuck in the mud after defeat to Bayern and a draw against Hannover, United will look to attack from the off with a fast paced attacking midfield, seeing Mata on the right, Memphis on the left and Rooney in behind the striker.
Attack: Although the Frenchman had a quieter game against Sunderland and didn’t manage to add to his impressive tally, Anthony Martial should start to give United the attacking edge they were missing before his arrival.
Subs: Ashley Young could feel aggrieved not to feature in the starting eleven in this game, but with Mata and Memphis both demonstrating sterling performances at the weekend with a goal a piece, it’s tough to drop either of them.
Fellaini could feature if van Gaal needs a Plan B, especially in a deeper lying role in order to man mark Wolfsburg’s 6′ 5″ striker Bas Dost, although Chris Smalling should be able to cope.
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