Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal: Patrick McNair will start v Everton; Juan Mata could replace Wayne Rooney

Louis van Gaal

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal speaks to the media ahead of the Premier League clash against Everton on Sunday.

Patrick McNair will retain his place in Manchester United’s starting line-up for the Premier League clash against Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The 19-year-old defender made his first-team debut for the Red Devils against West Ham United at Old Trafford last weekend and gave a very good display in the 2-1 win.

With United still struggling with injuries, manager Louis van Gaal has said that the Northern Irish teenager will start against the Toffees.

Wayne Rooney will miss the clash against Everton as he is suspended, and there are suggestions that Spain international midfielder Juan Mata could replace him in the number 10 role.

Van Gaal himself has hinted that the £37.1 million star could feature against Everton, telling reporters on Friday: ‘Juan Mata has played very well in his [Rooney's] position," stated van Gaal at the pre-match press conference.

‘I have to choose. I will miss Wayne because he is the captain of the team but Mata can also play very well’.

Rooney’s absence against Everton means that United will have a new captain on the pitch. But who will it be?

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