What is Manchester United’s Strongest XI? Select Your Best Team Now

Manchester United is in the rare position of having a few key players available from injuries to play in their match this weekend. The opponent is Tottenham Hotspur, usually a team that is threatening at home, but when Spurs are away in the confines of Old Trafford, they’re woeful. The last time Tottenham beat United at Old Trafford in the league was December 1989. The winning goalscorer that day was one Gary Lineker, now of BBC’s Match Of The Day fame.

For Saturday’s late kick-off, Sir Alex Ferguson has the opportunity to pick from returning players Wayne Rooney and Darren Fletcher. Meanwhile, Antonio Valencia is a doubt for the match, but it’s possible that he may recover in time from his shin injury. Nemanja Vidic will be out for two months due to an injury, while Chris Smalling, Ashley Young and Phil Jones continue to be out injured.

So, which starting XI will be the strongest for Sir Alex Ferguson to field on Saturday? Where will Ferguson play Rooney, if at all? Ferguson has said that he plans on giving defender Scott Wootton some playing time, but will he start him? Is there room for Shinji Kagawa and Nani in the side? Should United stick with De Gea or is it time to give Anders Lindegaard some playing time?

Lots of questions, but what do you think?

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11 thoughts on “What is Manchester United’s Strongest XI? Select Your Best Team Now”

  1. I hardly think that United are spoilt for choice selection wise this week, especially when Fergie hinted that Wootten could play a part.
    His strongest XI would be in my opinion:
    Lindegaard, Rafael, Evans, Vidic, Evra, Fletcher, Anderson, Cleverley, Valencia, Rooney, RVP

    With Vidic unfit, then Rio has to be the one to come in.

  2. In my opinion manchester uniteds strongest squad eight now.(without vidic, Valencia and all those injured.). Is: .. . RVP. . Kagawa. Rooney. Nani. . . Scholes. Carrick. . Evra. Ferdinand. Evans. Rafael. . Lindegaard.

  3. Best XI for now without injured playesr’s… De gea…Rafel..Ferdinand…Evans…Buttner..
    Carrick…Anderson..Scholes..Kawaga…Van Persie..Ronney…

    Carrick as defensive midfielder will help Ferdinand and evans ..Scholes in middle as a plat maker ..Anderson as Attacking midfeilder as we have seen when he is 100% fit he is strong and can play box to box…Kawaga free role like he used express himself as he did for Dotrmound as he can play as winger and can paly behind the stikers too ..rooney little bit deeper..Van Persie with last defender..best thing is they both switch places..guys what do u say..we don’t have geuine winger as valenica is injured…and Nani is not playing well..may be he wants to leave..what do man united fans think of my man united best XI right now..

  4. The strongest eleven sir Alex will use are
    the backl: rafeal, fedinand, evans, evra
    midfiled, anderson carrick kagawa velencia if he is feat if not then clevary. While scholes will come from bench.
    Forward is roney and van persie. These are the strongest eleven sir Alex will use tomorrow

  5. ——Lindegaard—–
    -Evra – Rio – Evans – Rafael-
    -Rooney – Kagawa – Nani-
    Scholes (65′ sub for Cleverly)
    Chicharito (sub for Rooney)
    Anderson (sub for Nani)

  6. Lindegaard, Rafael, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra, Carrick, Fletcher, Nani, Kagawa, Rooney, Van Persie


  7. Best XI means you cannot have players doing jobs in a position that is not their natural one.

    Rafael —- Rio —– Evans —– Evra
    —————Carrick —————
    —————-Rooney —————
    ——–RVP —————–Welbeck–

    1. That is true, however, I chose to go with what I feel SAF will choose and he has been picking a 4-2-3-1 this season. Best XI could also mean choosing the best player for the position regardless of their current injury status.

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