Manchester United: This season's heroes

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Manchester United have obviously found the back bone of their team, which would carry them to success this season. David De Gea, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick and Robin van Persie, were the main players who consistently performed last season for United, and now, this season, they will be as important, if not more important.

But they cannot do it on there own, other players will have to step in. But who is capable of doing so? Here are some candidates...

Jonny Evans

The Northern Irish defender has come on leaps and bounds in the past couple of years. He has proven himself to be a top class defender when he has been needed.

Although Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic will be David Moyes' first choice pairing, their fitness might not be able to hold up for the whole season, so Evans will need to step up into one of their places and perform up to their standards. Looking at some of his performances last season, I'm sure he will be able to do that.

Phil Jones

The 20-year-old has been an important part of the United defence, proving he can play well on the right or in the centre of defence. Again with the main defensive pairing having fitness issues, Jones will be looking to step in and make his mark in the United defence.

Also if United's number 1 right back Rafael ever gets injured, Jones would easily be able to slip in. Jones has often shown his desire to play in the centre of the England defence, and with the World Cup coming next summer, he would want to show Roy Hodgson that he is worthy.

Wilfried Zaha

Zaha proved many times last season, that he could be the next big star to come out of England with Crystal Palace, now it is time for him to show his talent in the Premier League. His best position is on the wing, so he will have a lot of competition in that area with the likes of Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young and Nani, so he will have to be at his very best to get a place in the first team.

He has all ready shown off some of that talent this season in the Community Shield at Wembley, but he did make a few mistakes, like trying to do a bit to much with the ball. If he cuts down on those mistakes, I'm sure he can secure his place in the starting 11 and also a place in the World Cup squad.

Danny Welbeck

Danny Welbeck only managed two league goals last season, with the rest of the strikers getting into double figures. That is the part of his game he needs to improve on, and with the uncertainty surrounding Wayne Rooney, this could be Welbeck's best every chance to get a first team place and start adding to his goal tally. With him also trying to get a shot it next summer's World Cup, there is extra motivation for him to push on.

Tom Cleverley

Cleverley is possible the most regular first team player in this story, but he still has a job to do to stay a regular in the first team. Paul Scholes is arguably to best midfielder to play for Manchester United, and up until the last home game of last season, Cleverley had the honour to train and play with him.

For Tom, that would have been priceless experience, with him picking up some very good tips and picking up Scholes's type of play. Before Scholes retired for the second time, Cleverley was tipped to become the next Scholes. Now it is his time to shine and show everyone what he can do. 

The future is every bright for these young United players, this season could be their time to shine.

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