Pundit explains why 28-year-old will start against Liverpool in Marouane Fellaini’s absence

Manchester United’s biggest game of the season so far is now just days away. Jose Mourinho’s men head to Liverpool, to take on our fiercest of rivals in a game that’ll surely be heated.

It’s an opportunity for the Red Devils to send out a real message to the Premier League, and if United can claim all three points, what a morale boost it’d be to the lads.

Ahead of the match, Marouane Fellaini has been ruled out with an ongoing knee injury, and pundits have been looking at who may well start in the absence of the big Belgian.

Pundit Nigel Winterburn has had his say on the situation, and he expects Mourinho to go with Ander Herrera, although he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of Michael Carrick getting the nod.

“I think he will go with Herrera,” he said, as per the Daily Star.

“I just think there’s a bit more energy in that midfield area. Particularly with the way they try to break.

“If Mourinho wants to try and slow it down and play a more possession game, then he’ll look at Carrick.

“It just depends how Mourinho wants to set up.”

I think that it will be Herrera who gets the nod alongside Nemanja Matic – unless the manager goes with Carrick as well, in an attempt to stifle the opposition and pack the midfield.

Herrera is built for the big-game situation, just look at how well he man-marked Eden Hazard out of the game when United played Chelsea at the back end of last season. I’d fully expect to see him do a similar job, but this time on Philippe Coutinho.

It’s going to be a tight encounter but Liverpool has shown their defensive frailties this season. We should be looking to attack them from the get-go, in an attempt to secure all three points.

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