How will Manchester United Line-up this season?
With just three games played and four points on the board, United would’ve liked a better start under David Moyes. The new era has provided us with just one summer signing, and with many of our first choice players unavailable through injury or fitness problems, our starting XI will only get stronger throughout the coming weeks.
We’ve decided to have a look at what we think is David Moyes’ strongest XI is, and with the signing of Marouane Fellaini, we believe he’ll opt for the popular 4-2-3-1 formation.
David de Gea – Arguably the best keeper in the Premier League right now alongside Chelsea’s Petr Cech. The youngster had a shaky start to his Manchester United career but last season he improved in leaps and bounds, that led to his inclusion in the Premier League Team of the Year.
Rafael – The Brazilian was a mainstay in the United team under Fergie, and he more than proved his worth last season. He chipped in with a few important goals including a stunner at Liverpool away, he also added numerous assists. He’s still young at just 23-years old, and that sometimes leads to a lapse in defensive positioning or a cynical foul.
Rio Ferdinand – One of United’s star performers last year and arguably the best defender under the Fergie era. Ferdinand has won it all, including six Premier League crowns and a Champions League title. His defensive positioning and awareness saved United many times last season, and he’s a real leader from the back.
Nemanja Vidic – Its great to have our club captain back fit again. He gives us that heart and desire that you need to win a tight football match. He isn’t afraid to put his head where it hurts, and will never pull out of a tackle. When Vidic plays, United tend to defend much better.
Patrice Evra – Despite Moyes’ best attempts to bring in a new left-back, United fans will still be happy with Evra in the team. The Frenchman offers so much going forward and often makes an overlapping run to offer his winger an outlet. He also added goals to his game last year which was nice.
Marouane Fellaini – A new signing David Moyes will know very well. He brought Fellaini to Everton five years ago and now he’s signed him for United. For me he’s exactly the type of player we needed – a ball winning midfielder. He doesn’t mind doing the dirty work, allowing Michael Carrick to pick his passes and get the team moving forward.
Michael Carrick – The England midfielder is one of United’s most important players. His eye for a pass is second-to-none in the United side, and he brings that much needed calmness to the midfield. No Carrick no party.
Nani – Divides opinion. For me he’s the best winger in our squad by a comfortable distance. On his day he’s a world beater, he just needs to improve in his consistency. Moyes has shown faith in him by handing him a five-year contract, and now Nani has to repay that on the field.
Shinji Kagawa – Hasn’t yet featured under Moyes due to his participation in the Confederations Cup. The Japan international has the creativity United have been lacking in recent games and he can unlock defences with that one killer pass. When he’s fit, he’ll feature heavily and hopefully silence any doubters.
Wayne Rooney – Arguably one of the biggest pluses for this summer was keeping hold of this man, and he shown why against Chelsea. He sadly missed the game at Anfield due to a horrific head injury, and if he played the result could’ve been different. Despite his off-field antics, Wayne has it all.
Robin van Persie – The focal point of this United team. He has scored four goals in four appearances for United this season, but looked a frustrated figure against both Chelsea and Liverpool. The addition of Fellaini will help United win the ball back, and the inclusion of Shinji Kagawa will help create chances for this man.
Subs: Lindegaard, Jones, Evans, Welbeck, Valencia, Cleverley, Hernandez.
Don’t agree? Leave your first choice XI in the comment box.
Make sure you check out the original article over at the Old Trafford Faithul.
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