It looks like Angel Di Maria is poised to play as striker yet again in the FA cup tie with Cambridge United and with van Gaal backing his decision:
"He played in the 4-4-2 in the left midfield position, but in the 3-5-2 he does not play so much because he has been injured,"
"Then he came back and I tried him as a striker because we also need pace in that position. We have to stretch the pitch - that is an important aspect of a striker, that he can stretch the pitch. Then you make the pitch bigger and your midfielders can play in a bigger space and play a better positional game than ever.
"So I tried that - I had to try it because I didn't have the preparation at the beginning of the season [Di Maria joined in late August]."
With respect to this, here's my predicted XI: