Neville predicts Manchester United starting XI v Liverpool, big decision over Di Maria

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Gary Neville's chosen XI for Manchester United's match with Liverpool includes one notable omission.

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville says the club's big decision this weekend against Liverpool is whether to start record signing Angel di Maria.

The England assistant coach was speaking to SkySports Monday Night Football, and picked his predicted XI for the clash at Anfield.

Neville's line up is as follows: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Blind; Herrera, Carrick, Fellaini, Young, Mata; Rooney

Subs: Shaw, Rafael, McNair, Di Maria, Januzaj, Wilson, Falcao.

He said: "I think he'll stick with Blind. Di Maria or Mata is the big question."


Di Maria was suspended for the 3-0 win over Tottenham, in which United played arguably their best football of the season so far. Despite his huge price tag and reputation, manager Louis van Gaal has to assess whether throwing him in from the start at Anfield will be the right decision.

Juan Mata 2014-2015 5 3 24
Ángel Di María 2014-2015 3 8 20

Mata and Di Maria better each other in differing categories, but the Spaniard did little wrong against Spurs and will be disappointed to lose his place.

Notable but unsurprising is the continued presence of Falcao on the bench, while Chris Smalling and Phil Jones could be in for the biggest game of their career together in central defence.

Another interesting decision will be whether Van Gaal picks Antonio Valencia ahead of Rafael, with the Brazilian a late substitute against Spurs, and at left-back with Daley Blind potentially keeping out Luke Shaw once again.

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