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With Ryan Giggs desperate to get off to a winning start as interim boss at Manchester United, here’s the attacking side we think he’ll deploy versus Norwich.
GK) David de Gea
One of the first names on United’s team sheet, de Gea has been one of the shining lights of a fairly drab United season.
DR) Chris Smalling
Rafael is injured, meaning young Englishman Smalling will likely cover on the right of defence. He doesn’t provide the offensive outlet Rafael does, but is arguably stronger defensively.
DC) Phil Jones
Jones likes to partner Evans at the heart of defence. This term, he’s made 23 starts in the Premier League, registering one goal and one assist.
DC) Jonny Evans
Evans returned to the first-team against Everton, and although he didn’t play well, is probably United’s first-choice central defender.
DL) Alex Buttner
Patrice Evra is still injured, meaning the Dutchman will likely continue on the left of defence.
MC) Michael Carrick
Carrick will dictate United’s tempo, and look to help the side dominate possession at Old Trafford.
MC) Darren Fletcher
We expect Giggs to trust his veteran teammate to start ahead of Marouane Fellaini in the middle of the park.
AMR) Antonio Valencia
Valencia provides the side with pace, unlike Shinji Kagawa, and could be deployed on the right to give United an option out wide as well as through the middle.
AMC) Juan Mata
The £37m playmaker has the ability to win matches on his own, and he thrives in the no.10 role when given increased creative responsibility. With Robin van Persie still injured, there’s no reason why he won’t start in this role once again.
AML) Danny Welbeck
Welbeck offers a genuine goal threat, and could come in to the side following Nani’s horror show last weekend versus Everton.
FC) Wayne Rooney
The Englishman has notched 15 goals this season, and registered ten assists. He’s fit, and is the first name on the team sheet.