Manchester United: How they could look the next time they take the field

Manchester United face Queens Park Rangers in the next Barclays Premier League match which will be played at Old Trafford on Sunday 14th September 2014, kicking off at 16:00 BST. United are looking for their first win of the season after losing to Swansea City and drawing with Sunderland and Burnley. United also lost 4-0 to the MK Dons in the Capital One Cup, which is a pretty disastrous start to the season. With the summer transfer window closing at 23:00 BST on Monday evening, it was certain to add some last-minute excitement for the clubs supporters as additions were still required to save the season. Radamel Falcao and Daley Blind were the two players that the supporters were desperate to hear news about with the Dutch international being announced hours before the closure of the window and the announcement of Falcao’s signing being made  hours after the closure of the window, despite rumours of a failed medical being leaked on the internet, which were denied almost immediately.

United have made size first team signings this season, bringing in Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Angel di Maria, Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao. The defence has not really received the attention is needed after Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra leaving the club this season, and the midfield needs some attention, but until January at least, they will get by. Looking at the attacking power United now have is great though, especially if all players can perform to the best of their abilities, they will at least be outscoring the opposition. Attack, attack, attack s the United way and boy will they be doing that with the new additions they have this summer. The thought of Radamel Falcao, Angel di Maria, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie all running towards the opposition defence, pinging the ball to each other in a bid to score, sounds great, that is if they are all played together, but even two or three of those would scare a defender and it looks like Rio Ferdinand could be on the receiving end in little over a week and a half.

Currently, United are favourites to win the match with odds of 2/7 with some of the bigger bookies, with Queens Park Rangers at 17/2, which would be a great return if they were to cause havoc at Old Trafford. Radamel Falcao to score in the match would be a good bet as I am sure he will be looking to break his duck in the Barclays Premier League as soon as he can. United keeping a clean sheet is currently 8/11. United need their first victory of the season and with the fact that they play Queens Park Rangers, Leicester City , West Ham United, Everton, West Bromwich Albion all before they play Chelsea at Old Trafford on the 26th October, they do really need to be registering points on the table before they play the side who are challenging for the Barclays Premier League title this season. Chelsea are a great team at the moment and they are a team to beat. David Moyes did not manage that last season, in fact the only team United beat who were above them at the end of the season were Arsenal.

I expect Marcos Rojo’s work permit issues to be resolved by the time United player Queens Park Rangers and Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao should be fit to make their debuts. Hopefully some of the current injury problems will be sorted with Luke Shaw, Rafael da Silva and Ander Herrera all being passed fit to play, that would be a big boost for United. Providing this all works out I would expect the starting eleven in the 3-4-1-2 formation, to look like this:

Obviously Robin van Persie is not in the starting eleven, but if the rumours that he needs surgery are not true, he will be on the bench as I would not expect Falcao to be fully match fit by this time, so he will need to be replaced. I do not see Angel di Maria as playing a wing-back role, so I have also benched Juan Mata to see hoe the Argentinian international does on the hole behind Wayne Rooney and Radamel Falcao. Obviously Van Persie could replace Falcao in the second half of the match if need be, and I do think there will be a need. I would like to see Luke Shaw at full fitness, the picture he put on his Instagram account the other day suggested he was nearing full fitness and ready to go, which will be good to see as he will add some pace in the left flank and also a better defensive ability than that of Ashley Young, who has played in that position more recently. I favour Rafael da Silva over Antonio Valencia. The Brazilian needs to cement his place in the side. I feel he is perfect for a wing-back role. He has the pace and the defensive ability, albeit it a bit rash at times.

I feel the future is looking good for Manchester United, especially after the signings that were made yesterday. I am sure Louis van Gaal knows what he is doing. He knows the entirety of his master plan, we only know what we have seen so far. The manager needs to be judged after a period of time, not after a few matches. He has a tough job to bring the club back to where they once were under Sir Alex Ferguson, but that period is over now and we look to the future. Van Gaal has said three months, but the time United play again, that will be the first month, the international break could cause disruption so early into the season, but I am sure by Christmas United will be firing on all cylinders, which is the period where they used to fire for the number one position in the league. I am not saying we will get there this season, but we will see an improvement in our league position from last season and the  target for this season is to obtain UEFA Champions League football next season, but I am sure Van Gaal and his side are looking to lift a trophy in May…

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