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Manchester United’s ‘Dream XI’ to face Swansea on Saturday

Date: 14th August 2014 at 7:33pm
Written by Christy Malyan

No, you aren't caught in some kind of footballing time-warp. Believe it or not, for the second season in a row, Manchester United, under new management, will kick off their season against Swansea City. During the Premier League opener last term, the Red Devils, lead by David Moyes, came away with a 4-1 win. Considering how torrid his tenure turned out to be however, I'm sure Louis van Gaal will be pushing for an even more impressive debut. But there are still plenty of questions to be answered before the weekend, most significantly, who will be an official Manchester United player by the time Swansea turn up in Manchester? The Old Trafford outfit have a number of priority targets that could arrive at Carrington by the end of the week, so with that in mind, here's a look at their 'Dream Starting XI' to take on the Welsh outfit during Saturday's early kick-off. GOALKEEPER - DAVID DE GEA Quickly emerging as a world-class shot-stopper and one of a rare few Manchester United players who can hold his head high after last season, it would be a monumental shock if David De Gea wasn't continued in his No.1 berth against Swansea at the weekend. Had the Spaniard not been in impeccable form throughout last term, the Red Devils' torrid campaign could have been considerably more embarrassing - with this double-save against Olympiacos in the Champions League being a perfect example: Boasting cat-like reflexes, calmness on the ball and improving the aerial weaknesses of his game all the time, there seems little reason for Louis van Gaal to oust the 23 year-old now. RIGHT CENTRE-BACK - PHIL JONES Phil Jones reaction to meeting LVG pic.twitter.com/asgSPVUgZg — United_We_Stand (@Callum_nick) July 17, 2014 Phil Jones' progress at Manchester United hit a few bumps in the road last season. He's heralded as a future centre-back of world-class status, but often a victim of his own versatility, was used in far too many different positions by David Moyes: But the introduction of a three-man defence at Old Trafford could bring out the best in the England international. He's well acquainted with the right-back and centre-back roles, and has enough quality on the ball to venture into midfield. Louis van ... Read More


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