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- May 8, 2011
Rooney or van Persie will miss out in a 4-3-3, only one can play. Rooney won't play wide, remember what van Gaal said in pre season, Rooney told him he could play wide but van Gaal said he only likes him at 9 and 10. The other wide spot will be between Mata and Januzaj. The advanced midfield position will be between the 3 of them. Januzaj can play up top in a 3-5-2. I'd have Di Maria left and Januzaj right.
I'd think if everyone's fit: De Gea; Rafael, (2 of) Evans/Jones/Rojo, Shaw; Carrick, Herrera, Rooney; Januzaj/Mata, van Persie, Di Maria.
Our midfield 4 today was a complete shambles.
I'd rather have him at the club in case of injuries and to provide us with a different option.
He's young, it was his first start of the season and he was being doubled up on. He's got to learn how to deal with that. He'll get more games in coming months than he has been getting. 2nd half of the season we'll hopefully have an FA Cup run too.
Important I think to also remember that after an initial very good start to his career, Sterling fell off for a spell before coming back an even better player. It's the same for most youngsters, think we're also seeing that with Lukaku right now and there are others that could possibly be mentioned.