Predicted Manchester United XI to play Cardiff City - Kagawa in or out?

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Match to be played on Sunday 24th November 2013 at 16:00. Venue: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff.

Manchester United face a trick trip to Cardiff at the weekend, hoping the international break has not killed the momentum gained by their superb 1-0 win over Arsenal a fortnight earlier.

United have several continuing injury concerns, with Michael Carrick and Danny Welbeck injured and Phil Jones picking up a groin injury on international duty this week, likely to be out for around a fortnight.

Here is how we expect the Red Devils to line-up:

                          De Gea

            Smalling Vidic Evans Evra

                  Cleverley Fellaini

           Nani                         Giggs


                       Van Persie

Up front the duo of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney pick themselves after their displays against Arsenal, providing the Dutchman is passed fit after pulling out of Holland's international friendlies. If not Javier Hernandez is available to step in.

United's defence is also relatively straightforward although Rafael da Silva is 50/59, with Chris Smalling proving able in recent weeks to fill in for the Brazilian we expect him to continue, while Nemanja Vidic is rested from his concussion sustained against the Gunners and cleared to compete.

Midfield is clearly a concern, and the one selected above while certainly far from United's best, is how we expect Moyes to pick the team.

Cleverley and Fellaini are United's more reliable options, which does not say much, but preferable to Anderson who we expect to make the bench.

Antonio Valencia traveled to South America with Ecuador in midweek so we expect Nani to get the nod, full of confidence after Portugal's big win. On the other wing we can see Ryan Giggs being selected in this return to Wales, full of motivation to prove in front of his country's fans he still has what it takes.

As for Shinji Kagawa, who unlike Giggs has been busy on international duty? We expect the Japanese attacker to make the bench, and be introduced for the Welshman midway through the second half...

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