This week brought us the long awaited news that Manchester United had finally agreed to a deal to bring Shinji Kagawa to Old Trafford, pending a successful medical and the obtainment of a UK work permit.
Presuming that all the Ts are crossed and Is are dotted as smoothly as the Red Devils hope they will be, Kagawa’s move should be finalised before the end of June, meaning the Japanese international would officially become part of the United playing staff on July 1 when the transfer window opens.
The transfer signifies a huge acquisition for the club.
Last season, with the likes of Tom Cleverley, Anderson and Darren Fletcher all suffering lengthy injuries, the role of attacking midfielder was one that went largely unfulfilled.
With the playmaker now assumed to be on board, Sir Alex Ferguson finally has a substantial talent in an area of the pitch that has been so vital for Manchester United in their recent history.
Although the Scotsman may not change his squad too dramatically after United’s second place finish in the 2011-12 campaign, Kagawa’s arrival will certainly herald a shift in tactics, and possibly formation.
This slideshow will consider only players currently at the club, with Shinji Kagawa as the only exception, in the case that United chooses to make no more transfers this summer.
With the Asian star in the ranks, let's consider what a Manchester United starting XI may look like on the opening day of the 2012-13 season.