TEAM NEWS: Januzaj in, Falcao out and Carrick on the bench for Manchester United

The Colombia striker is suffering with jetlag after returning late from international duty, though Ander Herrera and Phil Jones are fit to start


Adnan Januzaj has been picked to start Manchester United’s clash with West Brom, with striker Radamel Falcao – who opened his account for the club last time out – dropped to the bench.

The Monaco loanee travelled to South America during the international break, where he was involved in friendly victories against Canada and El Salvador, scoring against the latter, but misses out on a place in the starting XI at the Hawthorns despite netting against Everton.

Januzaj has not started a match since Louis van Gaal took over as managfer of the Old Trafford outfit, but has impressed for the Under-21s and is set to start on the right-hand side of a midfield five.

Van Gaal explained his reasoning for the change, saying: “Robin van Persie came back [from internationals] two days before Falcao, who was in South America. He had jetlag.”

Elsewhere, Ander Herrera returns after recovering from a hip injury while Phil Jones is also recalled in place of youngster Paddy McNair.

Michael Carrick, meanwhile, has not featured at all this season after suffering an ankle injury during pre-season, but stepped up his recovery with a behind-closed-doors training match at Carrington last week and makes the squad to face the Baggies.

He is joined on the bench by Chris Smalling and Ashley Young after their respective injury lay-offs.

West Brom, meanwhile, are without former Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster after suffering a minor calf injury in training, with Boaz Myhill deputising.

Line-ups in full:

West Brom: Myhill; Wisdom, Lescott, Dawson, Pocognoli; Gardner, Brunt, Morrison, Dorrans, Sessegnon; Berahino.

Subs: Daniels, Gamboa, McAuley, Mulumbu, Blanco, Ideye, Anichebe.

Manchester United: De Gea; Rafael, Jones, Rojo, Shaw; Blind, Herrera; Januzaj, Mata, Di Maria; Van Persie.

Subs: Lindegaard, Smalling, Carrick, Fellaini, Fletcher, Young, Falcao.

Van Gaal: I don't just want spectacular attacking football

The Dutchman believes that, while Manchester United’s forward recruitment has got fans excited, more work is needed to ensure that they can “kill” games after going ahead


Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal wants to see an improvement in the balance of his side, insisting that it is not enough to only produce “spectacular attacking football”.

The signings of the likes of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao have whipped up excitement about the Red Devils’ forward options, with the Premier League giants having won three of four league games since the close of the transfer window.

But Van Gaal believes that there is a lot more work to do in finding the right overall structure for the team.

He told reporters: “We need more balance, I said that after the Everton match. I’m looking for balance in the team, not just spectacular attacking football.

“When you lose the ball, you must have a shape as a team and then you can defend more easily. You can kill the game better.

“I have confidence in my players and I think that is very important but it is much more important that the players have confidence in the manager and his staff.

“Of course, like I have already said, we could have done better because I don’t think that we are in balance now. I am sorry to say that but it is the truth. We are moving forward in training sessions, though, and evaluating those sessions. I hope that we shall improve.”

The squad look ready enough to work to make the necessary changes, with defender Marcos Rojo posting a picture of himself and striker Falcao during training.

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Herrera: Manchester United have the three best strikers in the world

The Spanish midfielder, who is currently injured, has lavished praise on Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, insisting they are among the elite of world football


Ander Herrera has hailed Manchester United’s forward line, insisting that the club have the three best strikers in the world at their disposal.

Louis van Gaal recruited Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan deal on transfer deadline day, with the Colombia international joining fellow strikers Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford.

Falcao forged a reputation as one of the deadliest strikers in the world during his spells at Atletico Madrid and Monaco, leaving Herrera in awe at the firepower available to Van Gaal, though he remains acutely aware of the need to increase his own goal tally as the season progresses.

“I want to try to score more goals,” Herrera, who has scored twice this season, told United’s official website. “It’s very important for the midfielders.

“I like assists as well and I think we have maybe the best three strikers in the world here in Rooney, van Persie and Falcao.

“Juan [Mata], Angel [Di Maria], Adnan [Januzaj], Daley [Blind], Fletch [Darren Fletcher] and me are all going to help them try to score, and if I score of course I’ll be very happy.”

Herrera joined United from Athletic Bilbao in the summer and is currently sidelined with a rib injury, though he has expressed his delight at being able to ply his trade in England’s top-flight.

“The Premier League is a great league,” he added.

“It’s a very quick league, non-stop and great spectacle for the fans. That’s good because sometimes in other countries there are more teams that try to keep the ball in their end of the pitch but in the Premier League you will see a lot of goals.

“It’s a difficult league, there are tough games against Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs, City and Everton; it’s a great challenge.”
 

VIDEO: Watch Falcao's brilliant headed goal on Colombia return

The striker, on loan at Manchester United, was making his first start for his country in nearly a year as he helped them to beat El Salvador 3-0 in a New York friendly


Manchester United star Radamel Falcao enjoyed a profitable return to international football with Colombia on Friday.

Having not started for his nation since suffering a cruciate ligament injury while representing Monaco in January, the centre forward was deployed alongside Carlos Bacca against El Salvador in New York.

Falcao had just netted his first goal since joining the Red Devils on loan and followed it up with a powerful header in the friendly.

The 28-year-old met an inch-perfect cross by Santiago Arias to nod past goalkeeper Henry Hernandez.

Falcao could be back in action for Colombia on Wednesday when they take on Canada at the same stadium.