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Manchester United: 2013/14 Potential XI

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How will United line up next season? (©GettyImages)
How will United line up next season? (©GettyImages).

With David Moyes taking the reins at Manchester United this summer it will be interesting to see what his team may look like come the his first match of next season.

Here's what it could look like:

Goalkeeper: David De Gea

The Spaniard was careless in his first season at Old Trafford; however, he continues to grow as a player.

He made some terrific saves in the previous campaign and deserves his starting place. Although still a bit suspect sometimes, no doubt with the support of Moyes he will blossom into a fantastic goalkeeper.

Right-back: Rafael

The young full-back has been superb this season and bar his red card against Chelsea has been superb attacking wise which he was always known for.

This term he proved critics wrong with a few stellar defensive performances. He will surely grow and develop the more games he gets.

Centre-back: Rio Ferdinand

The veteran England defender has been solid for United this season once again. He has been very helpful to young players and will surely be a big asset for Moyes, given his experience and knowledge of the game.

Ferdinand, whose contract expires this summer, will most definitely stay on at least another season to help with the transitional period.

Centre-back: Nemanja Vidic

A world-class defender plagued by injury season-in, season-out: Vidic is a leader on and off the pitch.

Next season he will surely be back hungrier than ever due to missing parts of the season through injury. With Phil Jones and Jonny Evans also fighting for the position, this will surely bring out the best in him

Left-back: Leighton Baines

One of the biggest names linked with United in recent seasons is Baines. The defender has established himself as a regular England international and was top of Sir Alex Ferguson's list to replace Patrice Evra.

With Moyes at the helm, Baines will surely make the switch to Old Trafford and start to replace the ageing French defender.

Right-wing: Antonio Valencia

Since his move from Wigan Athletic, Valencia has become a very good winger and crosser of the ball.

Although not doing too well this season, he will want to impress the new manager and try to hold down a permanent starting position.

Centre-midfielder: Michael Carrick

One of United’s standout players this season, Carrick has provided some stunning performances in the centre of the park and will surely be integral to Moyes’ plans.

Centre-midfielder: Marouane Fellaini

Another player that could follow Moyes to United, Fellaini would be a fantastic signing as he would bring much-needed strength to the midfield as well as great passing ability.

Although not as technical as Shinji Kagawa, Fellaini will suit both United’s patient build-up game and their quick tempo counter-attack game well.

Left-wing: Cristiano Ronaldo

It will surely be the talk of the summer. Will the prodigal son return home?

It's perfectly possible the Portuguese winger will return to Old Trafford for a second stint. Should he return, he will provide a new dynamic for United’s wing game and give everyone at the club a boost in challenging for honours next season.

Striker: Robert Lewandowski

After his sensational performance against Real Madrid in Champions League, the Poland international is one of the hottest properties in world football. He may follow Mario Gotze to Bayern Munich but United will surely try to vie for his signature this summer.  

Striker: Robin van Persie

Robin Van Persie no doubt was one of the main reasons United clinched their 20th title this season.

His finishing was superb and he quickly adapted to United’s play. He will surely want to continue he hot streak come next season.

 

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