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Manchester United: 2013/14 potential starting XI

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Whilst the Sir Alex Ferguson era at Manchester United has come to an end, David Moyes is expected to bring about a number of changes at the club, both in terms of personnel and playing style.

While Ferguson was known for his excellent ability to rotate his large squad at the right times Moyes, at Everton, possibly due to his lack of squad depth, liked to keep a consistent starting XI. 

Moyes' Everton were always known for being aerially proficient and we may see Manchester United become a more physical outfit next season if the ex-Preston manager remains faithful to his old approach. 

Formation: 4-4-1-1  

The 4-4-1-1 formation is one that is far from unfamiliar for the current Manchester United squad, as it was employed by Ferguson a number of times last season.

It is also Moyes' formation of preference, although he chooses to use a more physical second striker such as Marouane Felliani or Tim Cahill. This may change this season as he will have the services of Shinji Kagawa and Robin van Persie at his disposal, both being very adept at playing that role.

Goalkeeper: David De Gea 

De Gea was excellent for United last term and has surely cemented his grasp on the number one jersey over close competitor Anders Lindegaard. The rather unorthodox goalkeeping style of the 22-year-old Spanish shot stopper may have been seen as an issue at one stage, but he has proved that he can make vital saves regardless.

Right-back: Rafael da Silva 

Rafael is an up-and-coming star of Brazilian football and his performances last season showed significant improvement on both sides of the ball.

Centre-backs: Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand 

These two centre-halves are among the best to have ever graced the Premier League, and bar injury have been the first choice pairing under Ferguson.

Their experience, aerial prowess and ability to read the game give this United outfit a solid defensive presence.

Left-back: Leighton Baines 

The will-he-won't-he saga of the potential transfer of Baines to Old Trafford has been long running to say the least, but with Moyes at the helm, it may be enough to prize the highly-rated England international away from Goodison Park.

Right-midfield: Cristiano Ronaldo 

While it may seem a long shot that Ronaldo will return to Old Trafford this summer, Manchester United is the only place he would move to and Madrid will want to sell the highly regarded Portuguese if he is unwilling to sign a new contract at the Bernabeu.

This would be a huge boost for Moyes in his first season managing a title contending team.

Centre-midfield: Thiago Alcantara and Marouane Fellaini 

Thiago is a player that has shown much promise at Barcelona, but has been forced out because of a lack of playing time.

He's highly talented and will likely force Tom Cleverley into a peripheral role. Fellaini was the star man of Moyes' Everton team and he would love to bring the Belgian with him from Merseyside.

Left-midfield: Wilfried Zaha 

After a big-money move, Zaha will have a large weight on his shoulders to live up to his price tag.

Having shown glimpses of brilliance in his performances with Crystal Palace, the youngster can be erratic and at times absent, which will have to be addressed.

Second-striker: Shinji Kagawa 

The Japanese is an excellent playmaker and had a great season last year, adapting well to English football from very early on.

He could have another excellent season this year if he is played through the middle - his preferred position - rather than forced out wide.

Centre-forward: Robin van Persie 

The Dutchman is a natural goalscorer and playing in a team with this much quality he will score at a rate few can match. The ex-Arsenal man was prolific last season, bar a patch towards the end of the season, but if he can get off to the same kind of start he did last year, this team will be hard to stop.

 

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