Manchester United will have only one objective this season and that is to win the league.
Manchester United’s starting 11 against Paris Saint-Germain will most probably be the same team that will kick start the Premier League campaign against Spurs on the 8th of August, barring a few changes.
The possible starting XI: De Gea, Darmain, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Carrick, Schneiderlin, Young, Mata, Depay, Rooney.
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Even though this starting 11 have looked impressive this pre-season, they have scored only four goals amongst themselves.
Out of these goals, only two have come out of open play. This should be worrying for United since Louis Van Gaal’s philosophy involves a high possession game. With more and more teams expected to park the bus this season, it will be a challenge for teams like United to break through the opposition's defence.
Pre-season matches are by no means an indicator to judge how good a team will perform in the upcoming season. With that being said, there are a couple of pointers one can derive from the four pre-season matches that Manchester United played in the International Champions Cup.
1. Ander Herrera should start
It is unclear whether LVG will want to play with a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 formation but starting Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin and Carrick in midfield might not be the best idea.
All of them are defensive minded midfield players and United need a player of Herrera’s quality to start the attack from behind. Herrera will offer something different and not to forget he scored six crucial goals for United last season.
2. Blind at Centre-Back?
If Louis Van Gaal wants to play a combination of a left footed and a right footed defender, then he should consider playing Marcos Rojo. Rojo is taller than Blind and better at set pieces. This is however, unlikely to change as LVG sees Blind as his trusted lieutenant on the field and will always find a place for him in the team.
3. United need to sign another striker
Rooney is a world class striker and might be the 20 goal forward that United need. But when is the last time that United have gone into a season without two world class strikers? Over the years, United have had Tevez, Berbatov, Van Persie so and so forth. United lack that sort of quality at the moment and it will be too risky to depend solely on Rooney.
With the opening match less than a week away, it looks like an exciting season ahead for all the fans around the world.
Teams have used the transfer market sensibly and have made their squads better than last season.
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