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How Manchester United could look by September

The close season can seem interminable for those with aspirations of stellar additions to their squads. None outside and few inside the walls of Manchester United know for sure who David Moyes wants to sign. Will he spend a fortune to stamp his mark on the squad, but risk spoiling the blend, like a drunk adding yet more alcohol to his already perfect Moonshine? Or will he elect not to tinker with a winning formula in the hope that this squad has yet to reach its apex?

To provide some comfort to the slavering, signing-hungry hoards of Manchester United fans out there, the answer probably lies somewhere twixt the two extremes. While the prospect of signing Gareth Bale – a player so good that he should have an echo after his name – is as unfeasible as it is delicious, David Moyes is a man of vision and he will be wallowing excitedly in thoughts of how to improve his Manchester United.

Right now, Moyes will feel like a kid in an amazing sweet shop which has just been opened next door to the comparatively average sweet shop that he has hitherto frequented. In other words, at Manchester United he can sign better players. Much better players. That said, the market for such quality is shrinking quickly.

Big names like Falcao, Moutinho, Neymar and James Rodriguez have already sealed moves. Lewandowski appears Munchen-bound and Totters seem hell-bent on keeping the aforementioned Gareth Bale out of the clutches of their domestic rivals. Furthermore, talk of Cristiano returning to The Theatre is about as realistic as me getting selected for United’s season opener in my favoured role as a slowish but intelligent attacking midfielder, before returning home to be fought over and suckled by my girlfriends, Penelope (Cruz) and Natalie (Portman).

Many believe, as we do, that the excellent David Moyes will prioritise the retention of Wayne Rooney and the fortification of the midfield. Beyond that, there is talk of Leighton Baines coming in at left-back. But we think Patrice Evra still has another couple of years at the top and Fabio will come back from QPR to add cover. So that’s not a priority. soccersweep thinks that the wide areas also need thought. But the exceptionally promising Wilfried Zaha is coming in and Valencia, Young and Nani (if they stay) can’t all be as bad as last season. If they are, these guys don’t need to change clubs. They need to change sports.

Zaha could well start the season on the bench – especially as he is off to EURO 2013 this summer – but he goes straight into my XI because he’s a star in the making. I also think that, despite Micheal Carrick’s form, Moyes will attempt to sign Marouane Fellaini and Cesc Fabregas to add some real quality to a squad that has lost Scholes to age, Fletcher to illness and Anderson to parties. If it had to be just one of them Moyes would surely go for the exceptionally tidy, technically gifted, probing, forward thinking, velvety Cesc Fabregas – exactly the sort of player that Manchester United need to link the defence and attack more quickly. Fabregas would be a dream player for United.

So here’s how Manchester United could look come September.

De Gea, Rafael, Ferdinand, Jones, Evra, Valencia, Fellaini, Fabregas, Zaha, Rooney, RvP

Skill, strength, speed and a splash of the sublime.

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  1. joshua

    May 30, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Bringing cerce n felli will b great

  2. Ojei wisdom

    May 30, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    If dis is gonna work out, dat means manchester united will b smoking com August. United 4 lyf.


    May 30, 2013 at 8:04 pm


  4. John

    May 30, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    It will be the team to watch bt i can opt either smalling or evans to be trained insted of fedi coz he is ageing

  5. Jason

    May 30, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Are you deliberately using their worst pics you can find?

  6. darlington

    May 30, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    wat about carrick

  7. edson

    May 30, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    a nice squad

  8. Awah chinonso udo

    May 30, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    If manchester united can sign fellani,fabregas n strootman is ok 4 us.i tell u man.utd will smoking lye fire.

  9. Awah chinonso udo

    May 30, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    If u manchester utd tighten up their midfild that wil be a nice one nd besaid they will smoking fire..

  10. Bingo

    May 31, 2013 at 3:42 am

    Nice predictable squad but to me nani (if he stays) shd be in the squad replacing valencia

  11. Olaminiyi5

    May 31, 2013 at 5:01 am

    Pls add tom ince to the squad

  12. Rich motaroki

    May 31, 2013 at 5:07 am

    I wish moyes to sign Fabrigas and combine mid wit kagawa and one defender to replace fed.

  13. Mustapha A.Ogalebe

    May 31, 2013 at 5:50 am

    Welcome Mr. David Moyes. I hv no contradiction over Ur performance, I hope n believe U can satisfied Man U team wth ur best of ability n as well prove the crities wrong. U are once again welcome! Am expect huge change in that Midfied pls!. I wll lk 2 C a kaliba of players lk Franse Cese Fab n Marouan Fellaini in d Heart of Man U centre!

  14. Mustapha A.Ogalebe

    May 31, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Welcome Mr. David Moyes. I hv no contradiction over Ur performance, I hope n believe U can satisfied Man U team wth ur best of ability n as well prove the crities wrong. U are once again welcome! Am expecting huge change in that Midfield pls!. I wll lk 2 C a kaliba of players lk Franse Cese Fab n Marouan Fellaini in d Heart of Man U centre!

  15. Sam

    May 31, 2013 at 6:28 am

    To be quiet honest I think that Evra should be replaced at left back as well as Rio they have been great servants but we should not fool ourselves they are getting older and their weaknesses were exploited during the season. So for a new LB and CB. As for having Maroune in the center I don’t think that is going to happen. I would prefer Strootman but I think United need to act fast as his price will increase as well as lots of other clubs will be interested in him after the U 21 euros. Fabregas would be a great signing, combining Strootman and Cesc would be amazing. I would prefer to see Kagawa behind RVP and Rooney on the right instead of Valencia.

    • Bravo

      May 31, 2013 at 9:03 am


    • Everest

      May 31, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      Sam U hv spoken my mind mst xpectialy abt d issue of strootman. Weldone man!.

  16. markos haile

    May 31, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Almost nice, but valencia should be replaced by Zaha and on the left kagawa and may be ayoung left back!

  17. Bufien

    May 31, 2013 at 8:00 am

    What about Kagawa

  18. markos haile

    May 31, 2013 at 8:00 am

    De gea rafaeal jhons evans buttner zaha fellani fabrigas kagawa vRVp and rooney (4-3-3)

    • moses stretford

      Jun 1, 2013 at 7:25 am

      thats the perfect line up coz we cant rely on older players like rio n evra
      for me
      de gea, rafael, evans, jones/smallin, butner, felaini, kagawa, cleverly, rooney, van persie, hernandez/zaha/welbeck

    • cheeza

      Jun 3, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      we need kagawa and clevarly to regular in our team next season

      • cheeza

        Jun 3, 2013 at 10:55 pm

        we need kagawa,clevarly and chicharito to be played reguarly

  19. Elijah

    May 31, 2013 at 11:40 am

    What about kagawa n vidic

  20. Stu

    May 31, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Gk. De gea rb. Rafael cb. Smalling cb. Phil jones lb. baines rm. valencia cm. carrick cm. strootman lm. Bale am. Kawaga fd. Persie
    Bench. Linegard, ferd, vidic, young, giggs, welbeck, hernandez

    • Wakheel

      Jun 3, 2013 at 11:20 pm

      What of Evra,Buttner&the coming back of Fabio,so,Baines has nothing to come&do in United team at all,his fully out,the team is full of players,their is a lot of work on Moyes neck,may God help him

  21. Eric Husni

    May 31, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Pls sell VALENCIA!!! He’s a total waste and try to keep Ando. He’s still young.


    May 31, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Where did U̶̲̥̅̊ put micheal carrick in d’ formation if U̶̲̥̅̊ can had carrick with this formation Ǻn̶̲̥̅̊ԃ strong t’he bench with d’ like of cleverly vidic rafael welbeck valencia Ǻn̶̲̥̅̊ԃ possibily nani

  23. Eric Husni

    May 31, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Dear Mr Moyes, Pls go get Luis Gustavo who’s position has been taken over by Javi Martinez or Toni Kroos who the signing of Mario Goetze can push him out of Bayern Munich. They would be a great addition to the club


    May 31, 2013 at 6:12 pm


    • Nasto

      Jun 1, 2013 at 12:01 am

      jones , Evans? c mon have U played the game? do u really love the game

  25. vusi

    May 31, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    De gea. Rafeal evans jones evra zaha fabregas marchisio nani. Kagawa-cam Van persie-lone striker. With this midfield we will cause havoc to other opponents.kagawa is the key for us to get a treble.our david silva/iniesta

  26. Nasto

    May 31, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    1 De gea 2 Rafael 3 Evra 5 Vidic 6 Garay 7 Nani 10 Fabrigas 8 Felaini 4 Strootman 11 Van persie 9 Walbeck.

    Subs: 14 Hernandez 15 Rio 18 Anderson 20 Rooney 16 Thiago Alancara 20 Cleverly 17 Zaha 12
    Butner 13 Smalling 23 Kagawa 19 Adnan

    For the love of the game!!!

  27. James Gaitho

    Jun 1, 2013 at 7:46 am

    my starting eleven would be: De Gea, Evra, Ferdinand, Jones, Rafael, Strootman, Alcantara, Zaha, Kagawa, Rooney, RVP

  28. Wakheel

    Jun 3, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Nice one,but,what of kagawa,Carrick&i think Nani can still do something for united,kawaga&Rooney can still be switching for each other both from the wings&middle.

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