Manchester United predicted XI - Everton: Who will van Gaal select for the Reds' biggest game?

Manchester United face Everton in their FA Cup semi-final on Saturday at Wembley in what is a massive game for the Reds as they try and win the trophy for the first time since 2004. The question is though who will van Gaal select in his starting XI for the game knowing it is a must win game for his side?

Manchester United predicted XI - Everton: Who will van Gaal select for the Reds' biggest game?
Darmian scored a wonderful goal against Palace on Wednesday but will he start at Wembley? (Picture source: Getty Images)

Manchester United face Everton on Saturday in the semi-final of the FA Cup at Wembley, trying to win the trophy for the first time since 2004. The Reds come into the game on the back of three wins in a row and will be full of confidence for the game and will be focused on making sure they get to the final.

Injuries easing for the Reds

Louis van Gaal, at his pre-match press conference for the game, had some good news as Luke Shaw and Bastian Schweinsteiger remain the only long term injuries and will both miss the game.

Adnan Januzaj will also miss the game but is coming back from a hamstring injury and will need some match fitness with the U21s before playing for the first team.

Chris Smalling who was limping at the end of the Crystal Palace game on Wednesday has recovered and will not miss the game which is good news for the club. Wayne Rooney played a solid 78 minutes on Wednesday as he regains full fitness while Ander Herrera also made his comeback after missing the Aston Villa game.

So with all this being said who is van Gaal likely to select in his starting XI for the game?

Defence set to stay the same after impressive performances

David de Gea will once again take up his usual place in goal as he has been superb all season. Antonio Valencia is set to continue at right-back after impressing in the last two games after his return from injury while Smalling and Daley Blind are set to continue their impressive partnership in the centre of defence.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah impressed in the left-back role against West Ham United in the quarter-finals of the cup and is set to come back into the team after being rested for United's last two games. Matteo Darmian who was impressive against Palace on Wednesday is set to miss out on a starting place. 

Midfield set to be much changed from the last two games

Michael Carrick is set to come into the team after being rested for the last two games while Rooney is likely to start in the midfield once again were he played really well in against Palace on Wednesday. Marouane Fellaini could come back into the team after playing well recently as well.

Rooney was very impressive against Palace in midfield | Photo: Getty Images
Rooney was very impressive against Palace in midfield on Wednesday | Photo: Getty Images

Attacking trio set to stay the same once again

Jesse Lingard is set to provide the width on the right with Anthony Martial set to once again play on the left where he is doing really well. Marcus Rashford is likely once again to lead the line for the Reds after being really impressive so far in his short United career.

Predicted XI: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Fosu-Mensah; Carrick, Rooney, Fellaini; Lingard, Rashford, Martial.