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Wilson returns, Rojo out as United host Liverpool

Louis van Gaal has named James Wilson in his starting lineup vs. Liverpool, though Marcos Rojo hasn't made the matchday squad.

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Louis van Gaal has named young striker James Wilson in his starting lineup for United's clash with Liverpool at Old Trafford. He comes in for defender Marcos Rojo, who hasn't been named in the matchday squad, and is presumably the latest addition to the embarrassingly long injury list.

The upshot is a switch from the back three to a back four, with Marouane Fellaini still preferred to Ander Herrera in midfield. Apparently his string of impressive performances haven't been sufficient for him to break into the first team, but who are we to question the workings of Mr. Van Gaal?

On the other side, Liverpool have dropped goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and replaced him with the decidedly dodgy Brad Jones. They're also playing without a nominal centre-forward, with Raheem Sterling seemingly flanked by Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana in a pretty narrow-looking 4-3-3. With any luck that will allow our full-backs to push high up the field.

... what do you mean, 'we've got no full-backs'?

Manchester United starting lineup (4-3-1-2): David de Gea; Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, Ashley Young; Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Juan Mata; Wayne Rooney; Robin van Persie, James Wilson.

Subs: Anders Lindegaard, Paddy McNair, Tyler Blackett, Darren Fletcher, Ander Herrera, Adnan Januzaj, Radamel Falcao.

Liverpool starting lineup (4-3-3): Brad Jones; Glen Johnson, Martin Škrtel, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno; Jordan Henderson, Steven Gerrard, Joe Allen; Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling, Adam Lallana.