4-2-3-1: Man United predicted starting XI vs Stoke City – Rashford returns

Finally, Manchester United football is just on the horizon. Jose Mourinho will lead his men into battle against Stoke City on Saturday, in what is undoubtedly our toughest test yet. The Britannia Stadium is never easy to go to and this time I expect no different.

Ahead of the match, we’ve drawn up the starting XI that we think Mourinho will go with; and there are a few changes here and there purely due to the physical nature of this type of match.

Check out the starting XI here:

In goal, David de Gea will of course get the nod. The Spaniard is the best keeper in the country and if he’s on form, Stoke will find it hard to beat him.

Then, the back four is made up by Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Matteo Darmian and Antonio Valencia. The centre-back pairing has been sensational to start the campaign and Mourinho has found a couple of guys that he can really trust. Valencia is the leader at the back, with Darmian coming in for Daley Blind, who I believe has been sub-par.

In my opinion, Ander Herrera simply has to come into the team purely due to his workrate and energy. I can see him starting alongside Nemanja Matic, allowing Paul Pogba that extra freedom when going forward.

The front three should see the return of Marcus Rashford following a wonderful cameo against Leicester City. The Englishman then followed up that match with a great display for the Three Lions against Slovakia. Romelu Lukaku and Henrikh Mkhitaryan make up the line-up.

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