When FIFA 17 finally hits the shelves, no group of fans are going to be more excited than those of Manchester United.
Their new manager Jose Mourinho has been one busy boy this summer, signing some of the most exciting players in world football. The chance to have Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba on the same team is something FIFA fans have strived to achieve for years and now they can finally do it from day one.
With world-class goalkeeper David de Gea and tricky playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan also in their line-up, it is no wonder why the Red Devils have been installed as the bookmaker's favourite to win the Premier League.
And if these leaked FIFA 17 ratings prove to be genuine, United will also be one of the strongest and most popular teams in the virtual world as well.
A screen shot appearing to show the new ratings for some of Manchester United's biggest stars has been doing the rounds on Twitter and fans have rightly been getting excited about it.
Here it is
But are they real?
Needless to say, avid FIFA users are already questioning whether or not the ratings are real and there is plenty of reason to suggest they are not.
Many are pointing towards the very generous upgrades awarded to the likes of David de Gea (86 to 91) and Chris Smalling (82 to 85). There is also confusion as to why Bastian Schweinsteiger has retained his rating of 86 despite an awful debut season at Old Trafford.
The biggest question falls under Luke Shaw, who, by no fault of his own, spent the vast majority of last season on the sidelines after breaking his leg. Despite this, the picture shows he has been upgraded from 77 to 80.
So the signs are not good for the Manchester United fanatics hoping it is real.
A spokesperson at EA Sports has since confirmed to GiveMeSport that the ratings are indeed fake. So put down your mobile phones, because the ratings will remain a mystery for a little while longer.
WE SAID PUT DOWN YOUR PHONES!
But one thing that definitely is real about the upcoming FIFA 17 game is the awesome trailer that EA Sports released earlier this week.
The preview plays out to the sound of Blur's classic Song 2, which was probably released before the vast majority of FIFA's core users were born, and originally featured on the FIFA 98 version. It is remixed to include some sick dancing beats so the youth of today will probably be able to identify with it without duress.
It features Lionel Messi with his new blonde hair and Pogba doing his favourite 'Dab' celebration in a Manchester United shirt. The game is due to be released on September 27th. You should particularly enjoy the moment when the sound of Martin Tyler's voice is blended into the music.
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