- MEMPHIS DEPAY
He has fallen out of the starting line up in recent games and is finding it hard to replicate the kind of form that made United splash the cash to land him in the summer.
Depay has shown flashes of brilliance as evident in his goals in Europe against Club Brugge and against his former side PSV Eindhoven. But his inconsistency in the Premier league has been a problem.
During the international break, he was less impressive for Netherland against the Czech Republic and even had a fall out with former United and Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie.
Depay will be keen to prove to Van Gaal that his rightful place is on the pitch and not on the bench but to do that he has to be more direct in his approach, make opposition defence uncomfortable with his pace and trickery just as Martial is currently doing and more importantly, provide defensive cover for the left back player which is one aspect of his game that is very poor.
The young Brazilian did very well in the last round of the Capital One Cup against Ipswich Town scoring a superb free kick. He also got a cameo appearance in the Champions league against Wolfsburg.
Pereira would want to prove to Van Gaal that he deserves at least substitute appearances in United’s Premier league games with a good showing against Middlesbrough. He is skilful and highly talented; a star for the near future.
- JESSE LINGARD
He has had a couple of substitute appearances and would be willing to prove to Louis Van Gaal that he deserves to replace Mata on the right hand side of the midfield in the absence of Young with injury and Januzaj’s loan to Dortmund. Mata is not a natural winger so Lingard should give the coach food for thought about returning Mata to is favourite position which is behind the main striker or in the NO 10 role.