MF: Bastian Schweinsteiger
Calming influence in midfield, and he will undoubtedly be a crucial part of Van Gaal’s plans this season, particularly in Europe.
MF: Michael Carrick
As long as he’s fit, given that he was a doubt against Liverpool due to injury, the veteran midfielder will be tasked with providing the creativity in his usual deeper role.
MF: Ashley Young
Away from home, Van Gaal will want more protection defensively. The former Aston Villa star will give him that, while the winger also made an impact on Saturday with his directness after coming off the bench.