With the Premier League title looking like a foregone conclusion, Manchester United will be hoping to hammer home their advantage and wrap up the title as soon as possible. 

Sir Alex Ferguson will be reluctant to take his foot off the pedal but there are plenty of first team hopefuls waiting in the wings for their opportunities.

Here are the top five players that could from United's success: 

Alexander Buttner

The young Dutchman has maybe not made the kind of impact that he would have hoped for following his summer move from Vitesse Arnhem, having only made three premier league starts. When he has played - he has done well, especially going forward although he is yet to be seriously tested defensively.

Nick Powell

Another summer recruit, this time from Crewe Alexandra, Powell has only made six appearances for the first team at United. Having struggled somewhat with injuries Powell has had a year to adjust to the big jump from league two to the Premier League but will hope to get some more games under his belt before the end of the season.

Nani

The Portuguese winger is at his infuriating peak at the minute. A return from injury looked to have revitalised him only for the 26-year-old to produce possibly his worst ever performance in a United shirt against Chelsea a week ago. With Wilfried Zaha arriving in the summer it could prove to be a decisive few games in Nani’s career.

Shinji Kagawa

The Japanese international has had a transitional year since his move from Borussia Dortmund. A knee injury sidelined him at a time he looked to be making an impact and he’s struggled to show anything more than brief glimpses of his ability.

Sir Alex Ferguson has backed the attacking midfielder to improve next term and will look at giving him a run of games to flex his creative muscle.

Chris Smalling

Having seen his season derailed by injuries Smalling is certainly making up for lost time. Having turned out twice for England in the recent international break Smalling then played both games in United’s double header over Easter weekend. 

With fitness concerns in the centre of United’s defence something of an on-going problem, the former Fulham man will hope to show he’s a ready, available and dependable option for Sir Alex Ferguson.

 

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