With the 2015/16 Premier League season under a month away, there has been much speculation as to how the new signings at Old Trafford will fit into the team.
Who will lose their place in the team from last season and what new signings will be given a start.
In this article we take a look at how Louis van Gaal's side could lineup next season.
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GOALKEEPER: David de Gea
With recent reports suggesting the Spaniard is set to stay at Old Trafford for another season, I can't see Louis van Gaal playing anyone other than De Gea between the sticks next season. Being named United's player of the year last season by both the players and the fans, he will definitely be included in the team.
RIGHT BACK: Matteo Darmian
The first of United's new signings in the squad, Darmian will certianly be played by Van Gaal. Having being voted Italy's best international player last season and having arguably his best season at club level with Torino, he is certain to make it into the team. Antonio Valencia currently occupies the RB position but Darmian's tackling and offensive plays will definitely make him the favourite.
CENTRE BACKS: Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo
For me, Smalling was one of United's stand out players last season. His strength at the back and ability to go forward made him a real problem player for opposition. He even showed that he is a leader of men, taking the captains arm band against Arsenal. Similarly, although hindered by injury, Marcos Rojo was also a great additon at the back, his speed and athletisism meant he could match attackers for pace and similarly attack himself occasionally. Recent rumors have suggested that Nicolas Otamendi could be on his way, but until that is confirmed, this is the CB pairing United have to choose.
LEFT BACK: Luke Shaw
After a shaky first season for the teenager, you can guarantee he will want to justify his £30 million price tag, and the best way to do that is to show it on the field. Having said that, with the new arrivals in midfield, Daley Blind could also be moved into the left back position. It's fair game but I think the speed and attacking mindset of Shaw will make him favourite for Van Gaal.
CENTRE DEFENSIVE MIDFIELD: Morgan Schneiderlin
This comes as a no brainer, arguably the best in his position last season for Southampton. Making more tackles per game than the likes of Blind and Carrick, and similarly getting more goals and assists. His proven track record and vast premier league experience over Blind will surely mean he is picked for this position, with the aging Carrick unfortunately moving to the bench.
CENTRAL MIDFIELD: Bastian Schweinsteiger and Ander Herrera
For me, United best outfield player last season, Ander Herrera was consistently brilliant for the Red Devils, scoring six goals and getting a number of assists, the surprising young Spaniard will be one of the first names on the team sheet. This too comes as a no brainer, Bastian Schweinsteiger has been one of the best midfielders for years now, with no sign of a decline in class. Having won everything there is to win with Bayern Munich and of course winning the World Cup last year, his experience and talent are what Louis van Gaal was missing last season, an exciting prospect for United fans.
LEFT WINGER: Memphis Depay
The arrival of Memphis Depay is probably the best signing of the Premier League window thus far. His pace, skills, strength and ability to score goals make him a nightmare for opposition defenders. PSV's top scorer last season with 22 goals, and a winner of the Eredivisie, he will be a fine edition to United's already strong squad.
RIGHT WINGER: Juan Mata
Playing in this position for the majority of last season, and with Di Maria looking set to be leaving to PSG, Mata would be a good bet to fill the position. With a good end to the season and seemingly being one of Van Gaal's favourites, and a fan favourite also, you can expect to see him out on the right.
STRIKER: Wayne Rooney
The club captain and United's only real option at the top, I would say that Rooney is the only player in the team 100% guaranteed a position on the pitch. Although last season was maybe not his best, he was still one of the best players at Old Trafford. I would expect to see James Wilson making the occasional appearance but the England captain will certainly be United's starting striker.
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