Man United news: Mata in and Rashford out? Predicted XI for Liverpool clash

first_img 17. Daley Blind (centre back) 11 11 11 8. Juan Mata (right wing) 21. Ander Herrera (attacking centre midfield) 11 7. Memphis Depay (left wing) 36. Matteo Darmian (right back) 11 9. Anthony Martial (centre forward) 16. Michael Carrick (centre midfield) 11 11 5. Marcos Rojo (left back) 11 11 28. Morgan Schneiderlin (centre midfield) 12. Chris Smalling (centre back) 11 11 1. David De Gea (goalkeeper) – Click the arrow, right, to see the full Manchester United lineup in squad number order After defeat to West Brom on Sunday all but ended Manchester United’s top four hopes, the Europa League clash with Liverpool now takes on added importance.Liverpool v Manchester United is – in terms of global viewing figures – the biggest fixture in football, but Thursday night is the first time the two rivals will do battle on the European stage.Winning the Europa League now represents the only chance for either side to be in the Champions League next season.Louis van Gaal loves the rivalry between the sides and has won all four of his games against the Reds since his arrival at Old Trafford.It is also the game that Anthony Martial announced himself to the Premier League earlier this season, with a stunning solo goal to seal a 3-1 win at Old Trafford.United’s chances have been boosted with the return of a number of senior players to full training, such as Bastian Schweinsteiger, Phil Jones and Antonio Valencia.Jesse Lingard will miss the Anfield trip on Thursday through suspension, while Adnan Januzaj is cup-tied and Timothy Fosu-Mensah is ineligible.Click the arrow above, right, to see the predicted Manchester United XI for the crucial Europa League first leg against Liverpool.last_img