Manchester United predicted XI versus Arsenal: How will Van Gaal set up for the crunch clash?

Manchester United have numerous injuries going into the Arsenal game on Sunday, so what is the starting XI likely to be?

Manchester United predicted XI versus Arsenal: How will Van Gaal set up for the crunch clash?
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Manchester United head into the game at Old Trafford on Sunday against Arsenal looking for their third win in a week after comfortable wins against Shrewsbury Town and FC Midtjylland. They will also be looking to bounce back after a defeat in their last Premier League game away at Sunderland.

United are struggling with so many injuries

The problem though is Louis van Gaal has a lot of injured players to contend with such as full-backs Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Matteo Darmian are all out of the game. The positive news is Marcos Rojo made his comeback against Midtjylland for 20 minutes on Thursday and Antonio Valencia has started to train again with the first team.

Phil Jones remains on the sidelines with injury and it is unknown when he will be back. Chris Smalling missed the game against Midtjylland with a shoulder injury, but the defender is optimistic he can play against Arsenal. 

In midfield, Marouane Fellaini continues to be out injured, but Van Gaal says he will be back soon. Bastian Schweinsteiger is still out injured since early January but revealed this week he isn't that far away from training again.  

Wayne Rooney still remains out for a while with a knee injury which is a big blow with how good of form he started in during 2016. Anthony Martial was injured in the warm-up before the Midtjylland game and is a big doubt for the match on Sunday. 

David de Gea is set to make his return for a minor knee injury after three games out. So, with a number of first-team absentees to contend with, who is likely to be in the starting XI for this weekend's game?

De Gea set to come straight back into the team to replace Romero

De Gea is set to come straight back into the team to replace Sergio Romero, with Guillermo Varela set to keep his place at right-back after impressing recently. Chris Smalling if he is passed fit will come straight back in at centre back to partner the ever reliable Daley Blind.

Joe Riley is set to keep his place at left-back due to Rojo not having enough match fitness yet and the youngster has done really well in the last two games he played.

Joe Riley in action during his debut against FC Midtjylland
Joe Riley in action during his debut against FC Midtjylland | Photo: Getty Images

Michael Carrick is set to move forward into the midfield if Smalling is fit enough to play and he is likely to be partnered by Morgan Schneiderlin who had his best game for United midweek versus Midtjylland. 

Juan Mata is set to keep his place in the number 10 after impressing in the last few games while Jesse Lingard who has been consistent with his performances recently is set to keep his place. 

Memphis now has the chance to impress in the Premier League

Memphis Depay has now got a real chance to push on after a fantastic performance in midweek and show what he is all about once and for all. Marcus Rashford is set to start up front after scoring two on his debut if Martial doesn't make the lineup which is already unlikely. 

Marcus Rashford scoring his first of two goals against FC Midtjylland
Marcus Rashford scoring his first of two goals against FC Midtjylland | Photo: Getty Images

Predicted XI: De Gea; Varela, Smalling, Blind, Riley; Schneiderlin, Carrick; Lingard, Mata, Memphis; Rashford.