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Louis van Gaal has an exciting Manchester United attack

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As the transfer rumours rumble on, Manchester United fans will no doubt be getting excited ahead of the 2015/16 campaign after an indifferent season under the guidance of Louis van Gaal. 

The Dutchman's arrival at the Theatre of Dreams was met with a great deal of optimism and joy after he led his country to the World Cup semi-final last summer, but things didn't completely go to plan for the enigmatic manager. 

Ok, so he led the Red Devils to a top four finish, subsequently setting the club up for a return to Europe's elite competition for next season, but there were struggles throughout the course of the campaign.

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A lack of identity at times was clear for all to see, while his summer signings, including the likes of Angel di Maria, Luke Shaw and Co. failed to really produce the goods week in, week out. In truth, Van Gaal and his Manchester United side managed to just get the job done. 

One thing's for sure, though, under Van Gaal, United are on the up, and the 2015/16 season looks set to be a huge one for all involved with the club. 

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Change expected 

Of course, there's a great deal to sort out between now and the club's opening Premier League fixture with Tottenham: there's the whole David de Gea saga, and potential arrivals in both the defence and midfield, but the United boss may well be quite content with his attacking options. 

After the departure of Colombian Radamel Falcao and the uncertainty over Dutchman Robin van Persie, the majority will expect the Red Devils to sign one more striker as they go in search of a title challenge, but in Memphis Depay they have already added another goalscorer to their side. 

Positions are most certainly up for grabs in Manchester, but there's one attacking quartet which really could produce the goods and help the club reach the summit of the division once again. 

Attacking quartet

Memphis Depay         Angel di Maria
                     Juan Mata 
                 Wayne Rooney 

If - and it's a big if - the attacking quartet of Memphis Depay, Angel di Maria, Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney manage to find their best form throughout pre-season, then perhaps Van Gaal will identify them as his his main men to score and create the goals to sustain a challenge on both the domestic and European scene. 

Traditionally, Manchester United have enjoyed success with lightening fast wide-men, who can provide in terms of assists and goals. In Memphis Depay and Angel di Maria, the Red Devils have exactly that. 

Ok, so Di Maria endured a tricky debut campaign on English soil, but he has more than enough ability to prove his credentials sooner rather than later. If Van Gaal hands him a permanent position in the side, then expect Di Maria to become a leading player for United next season. The Argentine really is good enough to replicate what Eden Hazard has been doing at Chelsea - it's far too soon to write him off. 

And with Memphis Depay starring on the opposite flank, there will be no rest for opposing defenders, with the Dutchman one of the most exciting young players in world football. At PSV last season, as he secured the Golden Boot award, the versatile forward proved exactly what he was all about, and he may well hit the ground running right from the off in Manchester. 

Then, if Van Gaal has those two operating out-wide, he should utilise the duo of Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney in the centre of the pitch. Ultimately, the duo are two of the most intelligent forward players at the club, and would no doubt combine excellently in the attacking department. 

Mata, of course, started to find his best form last season and he wasn't even playing in his best position, while it's crucial Rooney is made Manchester United's number one striker. 

With that quartet, Manchester United have a bit of everything. With pace, intelligence, skill and class, the dynamic front-line of Rooney, Mata, Di Maria and Depay may well cause havoc next season. 

Don't forget the back-ups

Don't get me wrong, football isn't played on paper, and there's no reason why Van Gaal's other attacking stars won't be able to break into the side on a regular basis next season...

Take Ashley Young and Marouane Fellaini from last season: the duo, despite their struggles under David Moyes, were outstanding towards the end of the last campaign, but they will no doubt have to prove themselves all over again. Van Gaal clearly likes the both of them, but they are not obvious starters when everyone performs at their best, so they will have to deliver when handed an opportunity. 

Then, of course, there's youngster Adnan Januzaj, who will be determined to kick on next season after a disappointing second term in the first-team setup. The Belgian international is remarkably talented, and will no doubt prove a fine option for the club, especially with the added European fixtures. 

In attack, if Van Persie stays, then he will have a point to prove, while youngster James Wilson, much like Januzaj, should be handed opportunities to shine, as he continues to improve at the Theatre of Dreams. Van Gaal has some great options at his disposal. 

Manchester United fans: Who should play in the attacking positions next season? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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