In all fairness, apart from David De Gea, Anthony Martial and Chris Smalling whose performances have been consistent, the rest of the Man United starting xi have largely been inconsistent.
They all need to up their games but four players really have a lot to prove and they are:
Yes, your guess is as good as ours, the United captain has been somewhat of a shadow of himself this season and he is at a risk of losing his position in the first team. With series of poor performances so far this season Rooney would be looking to silence his critics, something he has been doing since he burst into the scene at 16 while he was at Everton.
Now 30 years old, he may not be as potent and deadly as he used to be but he can draw inspiration from the likes of former team mate Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovich and Raul Gonzalez who all kept finding the back of the net while in their 30’s.
The French man has been a revelation for the Red Devils so far this season, his last goal came against the same opponents on match day 3, since then he has been impressive but has failed to find the back of the net. If he keeps playing well and not scoring goals, soon the media would take note and pile up the pressure on him; although Martial has shown that he is not afraid of handling pressure.
The Spaniard has failed to show the kind of form that won him the Man United player for the month of September. His body language and approach to games suggest something isn’t right. Jesse Lingard is looking like displacing Mata in the starting xi so the Spaniard needs to prove to Louis Van Gaal that he deserves to be in the starting line-up by being the Juan Mata the fans love.
The right full-back started the season very well but has failed to impress recently and eventually lost his place to Antonio Valencia. But with Valencia out injured, this is a perfect opportunity for Darmian to win back his place in the team. He was woeful against Crystal Palace and must neutralize the threat of CSKA’s wide man on Tuesday to prove to the coach that his dip in-form was just a bleep.