With Manchester United linked with a host of players ahead of a summer reform, it's hard to separate fact from fiction; who will they sign?

Manchester United, in order to reach back into Europe, need to make some cracking signings, but must accept that they have lost their big-club status. But can they attract marquee players? Here's a look at how Louis van Gaal's XI could look for the first game of the season...

GK: David de Gea

Not much needs to change here; a solid season for the Spanish shot-stopper.

LB: Luke Shaw

With Patrice Evra clearly past his peak, a young left back would be greatly appreciated. Promising youngster Luke Shaw seems destined for a United move, with a £27m move having been already made.

CB: Phil Jones

It's a risk, but Louis van Gaal will have to take risks, and if Phil Jones were less physical he could be a terrific defender.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

Jan Vertonghen is clearly a world class defender (which Man United deeply require), but Tottenham Hotspur are not going anywhere soon. It's possible he could be tempted away.

RB: Rafael

Despite an indifferent season, Rafael has true potential and could be one of the league's finest attacking wing backs if played properly.

CDM: Marouane Fellaini

Don't laugh... Fellaini clearly has class, but has just had a dire campaign. However, I can see Fellaini becoming a terrific midfield man and repaying the price.

CDM: William Carvalho

After a wonderful season with Sporting CP, Carvalho is a known United target, and should arrive after the World Cup.

CM: Michael Carrick

Another player who's had a poor season. However, Carrick clearly has class, and will surely improve next season.

LAM: Juan Mata

The Spaniard has found some terrific form since joining from Chelsea, and will surely be instrumental in the United renaissance.

RAM: Wayne Rooney

What a season! Rooney is destined to become United captain and top scorer, and was undisputed best player of last season.

ST: Robin Van Persie

United must keep him! Despite a disappointing season, he's clearly a natural born goalscorer and could return to his best if properly played.

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