Predicted Starting XI: Manchester United vs Everton – Rooney’s testimonial

Manchester United’s first game at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho takes place under the floodlights tomorrow, as Wayne Rooney celebrates a ten-year stay at the Theatre of Dreams. He’ll take on his boyhood side Everton in a testimonial match, with the proceeds going to charity.

Ahead of the game, we’ve tried to decipher the mind of Jose Mourinho and work out a starting line-up that he’ll likely select; and it wasn’t easy. Check out our effort below.

De Gea will get the nod in goal, and he’ll have Phil Jones and Eric Bailly in front of him, as Chris Smalling is still sidelined. Luke Shaw will continue in the left-back slot as he looks to build up fitness, Antonio Valencia will play in the right-back position.

Daley Blind’s minutes have been limited on tour, and Mourinho will be eager to see how he does in midfield, probably alongside Morgan Schneiderlin.

Obviously, the man of the moment Wayne Rooney will start, and he’ll have pace galore either side of him with Memphis Depay and Marcus Rashford on the wings. New signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic will likely lead the line.

Check out the probable starting XI here:

De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Bailly, Shaw; Schneiderlin, Blind; Rashford, Rooney, Depay; Ibrahimovic.

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