Saturday 16 December 2017

Is this how new-look Manchester United will line up next season?

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal has already captured Memphis Depay and Matteo Darmian this summer, but his transfer activity will not end there. We look at his possible first-choice XI for the opening game of next season against Tottenham...

Hugo Lloris

The Tottenham goalkeeper is likely to be near the top of Manchester United's wish-list should they lose David de Gea to Real Madrid.

Torino full-back Matteo Darmian is Manchester United-bound

Matteo Darmian

Having missed out on Nathaniel Clyne and Dani Alves, United have turned to Italy full-back Darmian. Able to play on either flank or as a wing-back, he could fit the Van Gaal mould perfectly.

Phil Jones is looking forward to a successful year with Manchester United

Phil Jones

Van Gaal is still in the hunt for another centre half at Manchester United but Jones was one of the better performers at Old Trafford last season and should be in the starting Xi come kick off.

Manchester United's Marcos Rojo and goalkeeper David De Gea combine to deny Emmanuel Riviere of Newcastle

Marcos Rojo

The Argentine has been one of the (relatively few) signings from last summer to have proved a success. Would be likely to retain his place in Van Gaal's new-look line-up.

Luke Shaw starred in the recent 3-1 win over San Jose Earthquakes

Luke Shaw

Van Gaal has said that this is his year. Strong enough words to suggest Shaw will be the number one left full at Old Trafford this coming season.

Morgan Schneiderlin is a target for Manchester United

Morgan Schneiderlin

The Frenchman was brilliant for Southampton last season, but has a job on his hands to oust Michael Carrick, even if the long-serving United midfielder will soon turn 34.

Bastian Schweinsteiger is moving to Manchester United

Bastian Schweinsteiger

The epitome of the all-action midfielder, Schweinsteiger would add energy, creativity and goals - something lacking from the team in recent times.

Juan Mata after scoring his stunning goal against Liverpool last season

Juan Mata

The Spaniard was a new man towards the back end of last season with a string of fine performances for Louis van Gaal.

Ander Herrera hopes to make a big impression at United this season

Ander Herrera

The all-action midfielder will offer a very viable option alongside Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin in the middle of the park.

Manchester United new signing Memphis Depay (L) poses with manager Louis Van Gaal at Old Trafford Reuters / Andrew Yates

Memphis Depay

The Dutch attacker could play in a variety of positions, but a role on the left, from where he likes to cut in on his right foot, seems to make most sense now that Gareth Bale appears to be remaining at Real Madrid for at least one more season.

Wayne Rooney is eyeing a title tilt

Wayne Rooney

Little chance of Rooney not being part of Van Gaal's first-choice XI. He is a link to the 'old' United, valued as much for his character and attitude as his skill.

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