4-2-3-1: Manchester United’s strongest XI – including Martial & De Gea

Manchester United’s squad has been transformed over the transfer window, with plenty of high-quality players coming in alongside Louis van Gaal clearing the deadwood whom he deems surplus to requirements or simply not good enough.

With the addition of Anthony Martial, the Iron Tulip now has more options available to him, allowing him to drop Wayne Rooney back into the #10 role with the speedy Martial coming in as a striker. The 19-year old Frenchman could be a real asset to Manchester United. We’ve seen how pace and power can be utilised, just look at Sergio Aguero.

We’ve also managed to keep hold of David de Gea somehow, and it’d be foolish not to use his talents for the remainder of the season as it’ll probably be the last we see of him.

The rest of the starting XI should be as is as the players involved haven’t really done an awful lot wrong – particularly the back line who have looked solid.

Check out the XI here:

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  • Aguma Alex

    Thats A good squad…if only he can maintain such

  • Dan Toose

    This is pretty close to right. Certainly a decent choice if United stick with 4-2-3-1.

    Would like to see them try a genuine 4-3-3 and get a genuine forward trio of Depay, Rooney and Martial up front – Stop playing a double-pivot, and utilise that passing quality the club now has in CM.

    • Soji

      I say 4-4-2, with Depay and Martial on the wings. This can become 4-3-3 as the game evolves. United thrives on strong and fast counter attack and decent crosses. So does England.

      • Dan Toose

        I could be wrong, but with United shipping out three central strikers (RvP, Falcao and Hernandez) and only bringing one in (Martial), I get the impression that’s a clear sign LvG only plans to use one striker up front and centre – Not likely to see 4-4-2…

        Then again, LvG has done things none of us would guess, so who knows :P

    • Stupor Nova

      Martial would have to play as the right forward. I’d like to see Pereira there instead. 4-3-3 is the best formation for tika taka as Barce know and I agree, 4-2-3-1 doesn’t work. More of a counter attack style, but too deep for attacking possesion play.

  • Ritwik Mukherjee

    this formation not going to help in any way,will bring same results..
    Martial in right wing,Mata as CAM and Rooney upfront
    we need pace in right wing and Mata is our best CAM,if Rooney gets proper supply he definitely scores

    • Stupor Nova

      Pereira right wing. Same age as Martial but better player and a natural winger.

  • Thomas Tabri

    Why did lvg loan out james wilson? how can the team use only two strickers throughout the whole season?

    • Robert M

      Wilson has remained!!!

    • Dan Toose

      He’s still at United – Didn’t go out on loan.

  • dion

    i agree with that but next year we need to sign a clinical striker because if you look at martial recent at Monaco its not the best goal scoring wise so if we sign someone who is a clinical goalscorer and to be honest we need more than 2 strikers because say if martial gets injured and the other gets suspended then what are we going to do

  • Sidique Tarawallie

    mata is a bit slow and that formation somehow puts him in the flanks,that formation needs young or Herrera.guys apart from brugge’s game depay has been very quiet and i think he is been favored, his take-ons are weak, he loses the ball too quickly, he has not shown pace and precision,i needs results, the pace, the strength, the skill , the confidence and precision up front, martial, they say is a potential but 36m that’s ridiculously high and now the pressure is mounting on him to perform,hope he does but for me mata slows the game and changes the rhythm , what we need is flying wingers, why not try Antonio Valencia, and because mat is slow Damian have to make the runs and makes room for a counter attack. Romaria is lack of confidence but again , i think Dailey blind is not good enough for the central role, let Rojo start and let him feature in the midfield and fight for his place.The competitions are THERE TO WIN SO THATS WHY YOU NEED A BIG SQUAD.

    • Essi Greb

      Totally agree about Mata. I really cant see why he is playing at all. He slows down play far too much and is of no use unless they have “parked the bus”. We have had no counterattacks on the right side since he started playing there. When he is placed in the middle its ever worse. There is no pressing the opposition and no ground covered defensively. Offensively he doesn`t have the ability to go past any player and 95% of his passing is backwards.

      As I understand he is one of the nicest guys in football and is a popular fellow in both United and Spain squads. Still dont think face is a factor that should mean much, but I know it does.

    • Stupor Nova

      No, Valencia can’t run at pace anymore, and stalls a lot before making his move these days. He slow things down too. Pedro was a big chance missed and can’t believe United quibbled over £3m when Barce wanted just £22m for a player worth 3 times that, then pay 36m+ for an unknown. Now though we move on and use what we have got. We have got Andreas Pereira. Pereira is an amazing talent and could play right wing. He is
      also the same age as Martial, so if Martial is deemed ready for first
      team, Pereira should be too. He is as strong with either foot, can take
      on players with ease using pace and skill, but also he can pass and pass
      cleverly. Has great awareness of his team mates and reads the game well
      (something Janazai seems to struggle with). Check out his performances
      at the u21 world cup this summer. He takes a perfect corner from the
      left with his right foot and the same on the right with his left foot.
      Unbelievable talent. I hope it’s not true that LVG hates Brazilians but I
      can’t see with the state of things, why he hasn’t played
      yet?!?!? If Martial is the next Henry and DePay the next Ronaldo, then
      Pereira is the next Messi. If they all fullfill this potential and have a
      good understanding of each other, Herrera in behind the striker, then that will be
      the best forward line in the world for many many years. big if though.
      Check him out for Brazil u21’s world cup this summer. He was also quality in the Man U first team pre-season https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnJp_l0ecuk

  • Jardi1

    I think most problems has been easily lost balls from Rooney and Mata in key times and areas, that is what happened when Rooney easily and unnecessarily lost the ball to Swansea in key time and area, Depay and Martial I suspect can keep their balls well if they are not pressured to much, then there is the problem of Mata always cuting in and he is not fast and powerful player, so my assessment is 1. do not expect to much goals from Rooney, 2. right wing is not as strong as we would like with all availible players including Mata and Young 3. CB problems is true and Blind could be exploited by stronger teams with goal keeper problem depend on how De Gea behaves after missing deadline day transfer, anyhow with Martial signed and potentially De Gea reclaiming his position there is hope things could go through.

    • Stupor Nova

      Andrea Pereira is an amazing talent and could play right wing. He is also the same age as Martial, so if Martial is deemed ready for first team, Pereira should be too. He is as strong with either foot, can take on players with ease using pace and skill, but also he can pass and pass cleverly. Has great awareness of his team mates and reads the game well (something Janazai seems to struggle with). Check out his performances at the u21 world cup this summer. He takes a perfect corner from the left with his right foot and the same on the right with his left foot. Unbelievable talent. I hope it’s not true that LVG hates Brazilians but I can’t see why else with the state of things, why he hasn’t played yet?!?!? If Martial is the next Henry and DePay the next Ronaldo, then Pereira is the next Messi. If they sll fullfill this potential and have a good understanding of each other, Herrera in behind, then that will be the best forward line in the world for many many year. big if though. Check him out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnJp_l0ecuk

  • Stupor Nova

    Ok, I take it this means Unted’s strongest wit DeGea and Martial in the team as I wouldn’t say it’s strongest with Martial just yet. So based on the style of play and formation (I’d go 4-3-3 as only really works for the tika taka style but here it’s strongest in a 4-2-3-1) I would go with pacey, tricky wingers and a lynchpin in the middle behind the striker. With that in mind it would have to be:

    . Martial .

    ‘ DePay Herrera Pereira .

    . Carrick Schweinsteiger .

    . Shaw Rojo Smalling Darmian .

    . DeGea .

    For those of you who don’t know Pereira, he is 19 like Martial, good with both feet, tricky, pacey and good awareness. The next Messi they say. Check him out at the u21’s world cup this summer.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnJp_l0ecuk

    • Eric the King

      He also looked very threatening in pre-season.