Predicting Manchester United's First-Choice Starting XI for the 2012-13 Season

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Predicting Manchester United's First-Choice Starting XI for the 2012-13 Season
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Who can predict Manchester United's starting lineup for August 20 without a sense of excitement and uncertainty--especially with at least two new signings to come?

Sir Alex likes to keep his cards close to his chest, and this year, he will have as many challenges as ever before.

Of course, every team wants to get off to a good start, but this season, United will still be smarting from the last-minute loss of their title in May. Achieving one of your highest points totals ever, having the title in your own hands after City had made an even better start to the season; blowing it at the end. That hurts.

David Moyes will be equally desperate that his team starts quickly. It begins to look careless if, year after year, you start slowly only to finish in or near the European places.

There are added complications for each manager, of course: interest in some of Evrerton's players may continue right up to the transfer deadline which, amazingly, is always after the season has started.

Both teams have an eye on Leighton Baines. United are said to be interested in the Everton left back, or even Ashley Cole. Moyes wants him to stay. There has, not surprisingly, been speculation about Marouane Fellaini, who helped destroy United's hopes in that fateful 4-4 draw.

It would also be unsurprising if someone showed an interest in Jelavic, who was very effective after his arrival from Rangers in January. He was a bargain at £7 million.

Sir Alex already has conundrums in defence, an area that blighted the title defence last season. While Vidic is back in full training, Jonny Evans is still not fit from his operation; and now, Chris Smalling is out for 10 weeks with a broken metatarsal.

Added to that, United have a total of 14 first-team squad members not on tour, many because of Euro 2012 and the Olympics.

So, while few of the Manchester United team above will make the start, some obvious candidates may not either. All of you will have your own opinion about who will. Please post your team below.

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