David De Gea – goalkeeper
That a whole five goals went past the Spaniard last weekend will not stop Van Gaal from starting him as he remains the best hand available in the Manchester United squad to man the post.
Rafael Da-Silva – Right back
If United is to continue with a four man defense, then the best candidate for the right back position remains the Brazilian. He was unfairly penalized in the game against Leicester which ended up with the foxes scoring from the penalty awarded.
Luke Shaw – Left back
There is every possibility that Shaw might get his much anticipated premier league debut for Manchester United against West Ham. Van Gaal complained of the fitness level of the Englishman during the preseason tour in America but with the possibility of Rojo moving to central defense, the coast is all clear for him.
Marcos Rojo – Centre back
Rojo was highly culpable in the build up to the first goal United conceded against Leicester last weekend. But at the same time, it can be argued that the ball had already crossed the line before Vardy made his cross. Even at that, the scarcity of available personnel for the central defensive position will gift the Argentine an automatic start for this weekend’s game.
Michael Carrick – Centre back
There grapevine going around the AON training complex is that Van Gaal has decided that the only available position for the 33-year-old English midfielder is in the defense. And with the mounting injuries of United’s central defenders, there is possibility that Carrick will start.
Daley Blind – Defensive Midfield
Blind is very versatile player, who can also slot into the defense line up. He has been deployed in central midfield roles since his arrival on transfer deadline day, the possibility of him continuing there is very high.
Ander Herrera – Attacking Midfield
With two goals in the last two premier league matches, Herrera is starting to cement his place in the midfield sector of Manchester United. Blessed with a good eye to see though passes like the famous Scholes, and an ability to take a shot on goal when opportunity arises, his position is not really under threat.
Angel Di Maria- Attacking Midfield
Who would want to keep an angel on the bench? Not Van Gaal. Since his arrival, Di Maria has shown to the Old Trafford faithfuls why the money paid on him is not really a waste. A goal and an assist apiece in the last two games is a more than enough to guarantee a starting berth.
Wayne Rooney – Supporting Striker
Louis Van Gaal said the only man assured of games at any point in time is his captain. And the captain is non other than Rooney himself. Recently, the United manager claimed that Rooney’s goals return as a striker is not good enough. So what’s next? Maybe he should support.
Radamel Falcao – Striker
The former Monaco talisman is sure to start once again after giving a reasonable performance in his first game against Leicester. And with what was seen that day, who knows maybe this is the week he is going to score his first goal.
Robin Van Persie – Striker
The Flying Dutchman is guaranteed a staring line up except if the Manager has some other plans that we know not of. Van Gaal knows what Robin can do. He has always been doing it for Louis in the Netherland team so, no qualms.