STARTING XI: Manchester United v Valencia; Louis van Gaal’s Old Trafford arrival

Manchester United face Spanish side Valencia at Old Trafford this evening in the final pre-season friendly before they entertain Swansea City at Old Trafford at 12:45 BST on Saturday, which starts the new Barclays Premier League season. This will also be the first time Louis van Gaal leads his side out at the Theatre of Dreams. United have had a good pre-season tour of the United States of America, playing five matches, winning four outright (LA Galaxy, AS Roma, Real Madrid and Liverpool) and beating Inter Milan on penalties. They scored a total of 16 goals, conceding three, two of which were penalties, the other a fantastic strike by Francesco Totti inside of normal play. To boot, Van Gaal also tested his 5-3-2 variation formation (3-4-1-2), which seemed to work with players proving their worth. Tonight is the final dress rehearsal before the 90 minute matches start to matter.

Here are the starting eleven and substitutes for both sides:

Manchester United:

1. De Gea;

4. Jones, 12. Smalling, 42. Blackett;

18. Young, 24. Fletcher, 21. Herrera, 41. James;

8. Mata;

10. Rooney, 14. Hernandez


40. Amos; 38. M. Keane; 23. Cleverley, 26. Kagawa, 31. Fellaini, 35. Lingard, 44. Januzaj



1. Diego Alves;

19. Barragan, 3. Reuben Vezo, 30. Otamendi, 31. Gaya;

28. Andre Gomes, 15. Javi Fuego, 21. Parejo;

8. Feghouli, 16. Paco Alcacer, 20. Rodrigo


13. Yoel, 5. Mustafi, 6. Orban, 11.Piatti. 12. Joao Pereira, 14. De Paul, 18. Guardado, 25 Araujo, 26. Domenech, 27. Roberto, 29. Carles Gil




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