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Manchester United: Potential XI for Swansea

RVP & Kagawa will hope for a starting berth (©GettyImages)
RVP & Kagawa will hope for a starting berth (©GettyImages).

After winning the Community Shield against Wigan, David Moyes will have his sights set on Swansea City and the first game of the Premier League season.

Will he choose the same squad which featured at Wembley? Or will he go a different way?

Possible formation and starting XI:

Formation: 4-4-1-1

Goalkeeper: David de Gea

The Spanish goalkeeper will almost definitely start in goal for the first game of the season for Manchester United. David de Gea proved many doubters wrong last season, with some crucial saves and man-of-the-match performances. His performance at Wembley will also help in his fight to start in goal.

Right-back: Guillermo Varela

Due to Rafael's injury which he sustained during the Community Shield, Manchester United have no recognised replacement for the Brazilian. Step up United's new recruit, Guillermo Varela. 

The Uruguayan will hope to provide regular competition alongside Rafael in the right-back position over the coming seasons. Chris Smalling can also play in this role, but his favoured position is at centre-back, and this is where he enjoys playing for his club.

Centre-back: Nemanja Vidic

Despite an injury-stricken season last campaign, Nemanja Vidic could well start the first game of the season after impressing in the Community Shield victory.

Many believe he is not the defensive rock he used to be, but Vidic would surely be on the manager’s mind as his first-choice central defender.

Centre-back: Rio Ferdinand

Ferdinand was one of Manchester United's best defenders last season, and he will be looking to regain the form he showed and carry it on into the new season. He will however, have stiff competition for his place this season as the likes of Phil Jones and Jonny Evans will be looking to cement their place in the starting line-up. 

Left-back: Patrice Evra

Despite rumours that Manchester United were looking to sign a new left-back this summer, nothing has materialised of yet, and Patrice Evra will regain his spot at left-back against Swansea City come the first game of the season. Evra has proved his quality season after season at Old Trafford and has become a fan favourite. 

Centre-midfield: Shinji Kagawa

The Japanese midfielder proved he is worthy of a first-team place with some great performances last season, including a hat-trick against Norwich city in March. 

Kagawa also played well in this year's Confederations Cup and most recently Manchester United's Community Shield win again Wigan.

The playmaker has the ability to become an influential part of the team and drive the club to even more success over the coming years.

Centre-midfield: Ryan Giggs

Due to Michael Carrick sustaining an eye infection, David Moyes will need to look toward someone who can control and dictate the tempo of the play in midfield for United, and no-one is better than Ryan Giggs within this role. 

Giggs has the immense ability to skip past a challenge whilst having the vision to create a stunning assist, even at this late stage in his career. It is a true reflection on his quality and fitness, that at the age of 39, he is still considered a first-team player in the Manchester United team.

Left-midfield: Wilfried Zaha

Wilfred Zaha was one of Ferguson's last ever signings. Zaha has the potential to be a great Manchester United player for the future. 

His silky skills and confident runs, combined with his passing and finishing ability, Zaha could start United's first Premier League game on Saturday.

The young talent impressed against Wigan, proving he has the ability to play for one of the best teams in world football.

Centre-forward: Wayne Rooney

Will he, or won't he? This is the question on many fans minds right now.After Wayne Rooney played for England against Scotland in their friendly, there is no reason why he should not start for United on Saturday, despite his transfer saga.

Rooney is a huge influence within the United team, his work-rate, desire, commitment and energy provide his team-mates with confidence and determination to succeed.

There is no doubt this is the most important time in his career, and he would be foolish to leave such a successful club - a club where the fans see him as a superstar.

Right-midfield: Antonio Valencia

Antonia Valenica didn't have the best of seasons in 2012/13, but he has the class, and ability to bounce back. 

Valencia looked to be struggling to find his form after he suffered a leg injury, but his work rate and composure on the ball is surely something Moyes will look for in the midfield of his new squad.

He featured for the last 30 minutes against Wigan, where he came on as a substitute for Zaha. Valencia will be looking to show Moyes what he is capable of this season, as Ashley Young and Nani will also be looking for places in the first-team under the new manager.

Striker: Robin van Persie

David Moyes will be looking for Robin van Persie to reproduce the same form for the new season, which he showed last season when finished the league as the top scorer.

The Dutch striker could find himself fighting for his position with four or five other strikers, therefore leaving Moyes with an amazing choice of attacking options as they challenge for the title once again.

Robin van Persie took a mere six minutes to open his account for the season in the Community Shield, scoring an impressive header will fire his confidence even more. He finished the match with two goals, is this a sign of things to come from the United hit-man?

Do you agree with my starting line-up? Have your say below.

 

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