Jones, Powell, Cleverley - The Red Devils midfield which should face Cluj

Tom Cleverley

Manchester United have a chance to experiment tomorrow night in the Champions League, and they should do so.

Could Manchester United and England get a glimpse of their future against Cluj tomorrow night?

With Anderson injured, and Scholes and Giggs getting no younger, it makes sense for Sir Alex Ferguson to field an experimental yet strong team at Old Trafford for the dead-rubber Champions League clash against Cluj.

With qualification assured and the group already won - Michael Carrick is also likely to be rested, which could mean Darren Fletcher comes in.

Phil Jones is another who will stake a claim for an appearance in the middle, but if it were up to us, we'd go with a midfield three of Tunnicliffe, Powell and Cleverley.

It would be great to see United hand an opportunity to Tunnicliffe in the competition to show what he can do, but after playing 90 minutes for the under-21s last night, involvement from the start at least certainly looks unlikely, meaning a potential future England midfield of Jones, Powell and Cleverley is our preferred option.

Cleverley first of all is already an England international, a star of the present and the future, yet at United while he has broken into the first team he is yet to cement a starting spot week in week out, benched against Reading at the weekend.

It would be interesting to see how he performs as a senior member of a young midfield against a tricky Romanian outfit.

Nick Powell battled hard in the away defeat to Galatasaray, and tired late on, but he looked bright especially in the first half and deserves another chance under the Champions League lights at Old Trafford, to show why he too is a future England international.

The third spot in midfield is most contentious, Ferguson could play safe and pick Fletcher, Scholes or Giggs, but what would we learn about any of them?

It is time to hand Phil Jones an opportunity in the middle, to see if he can shine in the position. With the derby coming up, United need to see if he is a viable option, and this will give an indication of his fitness and readiness for Sunday's intense game.

United need to find a magic solution to Yaya Toure's dominance against them in recent games, and Phil Jones may surprise everybody is given the opportunity, but he needs to come through this Champions League test first and show he is worthy of consideration for such a task.

Who would you start in the middle against Cluj?

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