4-2-3-1: Manchester United’s predicted starting XI vs Ajax: Fellaini & Darmian start

Our biggest, most important game of the season is just on the horizon. Manchester United Football Club will be hoping to beat Ajax to secure the only major piece of silverware that they haven’t won yet. The game itself is going to be supremely difficult but it certainly is a winnable game.

Ahead of the fixture, we’ve drawn up the starting line-up that we believe Mourinho is going to start with. Some of these positions were nailed down, whereas others are certainly up for grabs. Anyway, check out the XI we think will be named…

Sergio Romero will start, as Jose Mourinho has already confirmed the Argentine will get the nod ahead of David de Gea. In my opinion, the back four is our weak spot. Matteo Darmian will play as the left-back which is a worry, as is the fact that both Daley Blind and Phil Jones will play as our centre-halves. Antonio Valencia makes up the back four and to be honest, he is the only one who has my full confidence.

Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba are all a shoe-in to start. Honestly, it’s an excellent blend in the midfield. Marouane Fellaini for all his faults brings that combativeness to the table, Ander Herrera is lively and a real thorn in the side and Paul Pogba has creativity and brilliance in abundance. He could be key to our success.

I fully expect Mourinho to play on the counter-attack, hence our front three will have to work hard on both sides of the ball. For that reason, Jesse Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will likely start ahead of Juan Mata and Anthony Martial. Marcus Rashford has rested up, and he will be ready and raring to go.

Check out the starting line-up here:

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