Predicting the Manchester United Lineup vs. A-League All Stars

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Predicting the Manchester United Lineup vs. A-League All Stars
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Sydney is currently abuzz with Manchester United fever.

The Red Devils will take on the A-League All Stars this Saturday in the second leg of their preseason tour.

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David Moyes' side welcomes the return of stars Robin van Persie and David de Gea to the fold, the two having missed United's 1-0 loss to the Singha All-Stars last weekend.

He will not have been impressed with his team's display in that match. They were mostly outclassed by the collection of the Thai league's best players.

A better performance will be required at ANZ Stadium in Australia.

This article will seek to predict the side David Moyes will put out on Saturday. The first United game in the country in 14 years.

 

Goalkeeper

With David de Gea back on the team bus, Moyes has a plethora of shot-stoppers to pick from this weekend.

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Ben Amos was impressive in Thailand, backing up his claim to be the Red Devils No. 2, but I have gone for Anders Lindegaard in goal.

The Dane was overshadowed by the excellence of De Gea last season and will need to seize a rare opportunity to impress his new boss.

Fans may have to wait to see De Gea back in action.

 

Defence

With Alex Buttner picking up an injury last weekend, Moyes is down one defender for Saturday's game.

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Either Patrice Evra or Fabio will likely take his place at left-back. My guess is the more experienced Evra will be the Scotsman's pick.

With the spectre of Leighton Baines looming, Evra will be keen to put in a resounding display.

Rafael should start at right-back. He and his twin brother were two of the better United players against the Singha All-Stars.

In the middle, Rio Ferdinand could be paired with Jonny Evans again.

With various rumours of the Red Devils chasing Benfica's Ezequiel Garay in the transfer market, including this report from the Mirror's Alan Nixon, both will be eager to stake a claim to be in Moyes' thinking for next season.

 

Midfield

Manchester United lacked a dominant heart in their loss last weekend.

The partnership of Michael Carrick and Anderson failed to sparkle. There is little pressure on the former to perform, there is plenty on the latter.

Carrick was one of the best players in the Premier League in 2012/13 but has been known to start campaigns slowly.

Preseason is a vital time for players to get a bit of form under their belts before August.

Against the A-League All Stars, I reckon Moyes will partner Carrick with Phil Jones.

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Jones is a terrific prospect who brings an unbridled vitality to the team's play, but he is yet to find his natural position.

On the right flank there is Wilfried Zaha, the true standout from last Saturday.

He may have only had a brief cameo, but he showed a terrific energy and excellent technical skill in an otherwise dour game.

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With Ashley Young and Nani out injured, player-coach Ryan Giggs will likely be called into action on the left wing.

In the middle is talented teen Adnan Januzaj, a reserves player tipped for big things by many.

He looked every inch the raw diamond against the Singha All-Stars. Moyes could give him another chance to get acquainted with playing for the first team at ANZ Stadium.

 

Attack

He is back. Let them rejoice in the heavens. Robin van Persie will play for Manchester United again this Saturday.

The Dutchman quickly earned cult status at Old Trafford last term with his prolific goalscoring ways.

He will likely replace the misfiring Danny Welbeck at the summit of the United first XI.

He will be key to the Red Devils avenging last weekend's dire result.

 

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