Louis Van Gaal: My captain shall always play and normally the goalkeeper.

The Red Devils manager has a selection dilemma to face after the signing of Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco and £59.7m man Angel di Maria.

Louis van Gaal will be relishing the task of accommodating his big-name signings into a starting line-up containing Juan Mata and Robin van Persie, as well. The Manchester United manager revealed that only club captain Wayne Rooney and goalkeeper David De Gea are assured of a starting position. “There are always players you put in a team,” Van Gaal said. “My captain shall always play and normally the goalkeeper, so it’s not a surprise. Maybe it’s a surprise Blackett has played all the games, but he has played well and Mata is a very good player. “I don’t think any player is fixed. Only the captain has more privileges, but no other player has privileges, I think. Every player knows that because you can see that by how I manage my teams.”

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