Man Utd’s Strongest Opening Day XI?

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Over these next weeks, I will be analyzing the seven teams who I believe could have a shot at silverware this season, and updating them accordingly should any major transfers take place. Of course, this all starts to look a bit silly if Kane suddenly moves to Manchester United…

Everton supporters got their first glimpse of Galloway at the back end of last season when he started their final two league matches. He excelled in the role, seeing more of the ball and thanks to more defensively minded players alongside him, was given the freedom to work magic all over the park.

Indeed, the early indications from Louis van Gaal were ominous following his appointment last summer. Arsenal’s Robin van Persie hit 30 goals. You can read what the 5-3-2 is and why it worked so well in my post here.

“It’s something you want to play in”. Most memorable of these games were the dropping of points to Swansea City, Sunderland, Burnley, and Leicester City in the opening weeks.

Many thought the Welshman would succeed the Scot, but United instead plumped for Van Gaal, who appointed Giggs as his assistant.

The team announced the signing on Sunday evening amid uncertainty surrounding the future of David De Gea. We check the stats to see whether they are right to back the England skipper…

Manchester United will be without Marouane Fellaini as he serves the first of his three-game suspension, while Javier Hernandez, Anders Lindegaard and Marcos Rojo are all unlikely to make the squad as they struggle for fitness. Spurs conceded over 50 goals last season in the Premier League and strengthening of the back line was needed again. Victor Valdes missed training at Manchester United on Wednesday. Ashley Young had an extraordinary second half of the season once he was secured in a single position out high and wide on the wing instead of being moved around from defense to center midfield each week. Given United have depth in this area, there should not be too many times when he is forced into action when he’s not 100%. They both have their reasons why, but are unlikely to talk about them publicly.

The Manchester United Captain turns 30 this season and had a very disappointing season.

Even if United did want to snap up the England worldwide, they would likely have to shell out a huge transfer fee.

And, one man who should be feeling the heat as much as anyone is Louis van Gaal.

Spurs played two Audi Cup games in midweek and with such a short turnaround time for Mauricio Pochettino’s men, they’re understandably the outsiders. Depay plays in the same position, wearing the same number, and with a similar style to a famous former United winger named Cristiano Ronaldo, so comparisons will obviously be made. Playing seemingly everywhere but striker last season, Rooney’s form dipped, but he found his scoring touch during United’s hot streak once LVG finally played him up front. There’s also extra incentive for the league leaders, as TV money from the Champions League is more than doubling this year. I don’t think he’s a flash in the pan or a one-season wonder. A surplus of central players remains, with Blind likely sliding into central defense and Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger and Michael Carrick left to battle for starting spots in the holding-midfield block. However, with Luke Shaw being injured for most of last season and Phil Jones being closely scrutinised, United’s defence can become unreliable.

“It is always in theory, because Morgan is a player from the Premier League, so he can cope with the Premier League“.


What do you think is Manchester United’s strongest XI for the opener against Tottenham Hotspur? The possibilities of this will increase should either David De Gea leave United or no new center back/striker arrives at Old Trafford. “I listened to what the manager said“, Loftus-Cheek said.

Louis van Gaal's Manchester United have drawn Club Brugge in the Champions League