Man United line-up against Arsenal: England defender to be recalled?

first_img Louis Van Gaal is dealing with an injury crisis ahead of the Red Devils’ trip to Arsenal tomorrow. 1 Louis Van Gaal is dealing with an injury crisis ahead of the Red Devils’ trip to Arsenal tomorrow, which is live on talkSPORT, Saturday, from 5pm.As many as 12 first-team players were on the treatment table earlier this week as players returned from the international break with knocks, but the Dutchman has been boosted by returns to training for David De Gea, Angel Di Maria, Michael Carrick and Luke Shaw.United travel to the Emirates one point and one place behind their London rivals and a further two points adrift of 4th place West Ham United in the battle for Champions League qualification.Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind will certainly be out, while Chris Smalling could be recalled following his red card at Manchester City, but Van Gaal will definitely be without Radamel Falcao who suffered a calf injury in training ruling him out for a further two weeks.Here’s how Man United could line up against Arsenal:GoalkeeperDavid De Gea suffered a disclocated finger on international duty with Spain and was considered a major doubt for the clash at the Emirates.But Van Gaal revealed the Spaniard has recovered from the injury and should start against Arsene Wenger’s barring any recurrence of the problem. Dane Anders Lindegaard is on hand to deputise.DefenceDaley Blind’s knee injury in the Netherlands’ 6-0 win over Latvia is expected to keep the Dutchman out until the new year, creating a problem for United’s midfield and defence.The versatile ex-Ajax man replaced the injured Marcos Rojo in defence for United’s previous league game against Crystal Palace and Smalling could deputise after a solid performance for England midweek.Van Gaal has been reluctant to play two right footers together so Tyler Blackett could partner the Englishman, although Paddy McNair is in form and deserves to keep his place.MidfieldCarrick withdrew from the England squad after a groin problem but returned to training yesterday. Spaniard Ander Herrera could be recalled in his absence, while Marouane Fellani is set to continue following a string of impressive performances.Angel Di Maria was also a doubt after United loanee Nani’s strong tackle on the Argentine during Portugal’s 1-0 midweek win, but he should be fit to play after scans revealed only bruising.AttackArsenal’s defence is vulnerable so Van Gaal will rely on in form captain Wayne Rooney and former Gunner Robin Van Persie to provide the goals.Monaco loanee Radamel Falcao has been hit by a new injury setback as the Colombian striker injured his calf and will be out for another two weeks, causing many to question his long-term fitness.Juan Mata’s super-sub winner in United’s narrow win against Palace last time out should see the Spaniard get the nod ahead of Adnan Januzaj, but he may have to play out wide and not in his preferred number 10 role, if Van Gaal continues with the 4-2-3-1 system.Man Utd fans, how do you think you’ll line up against Arsenal? Comment below…last_img

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