Manchester United have named their 25-man squad for the 2012/13 English Premier League season, and judging by the list of names mentioned below, the Red Devils will once again be a serious threat for the Premier League title this season.
According to ESPN, each Premier League team must announce a 25-man squad once the summer transfer window has closed—in which they should have a minimum of eight "homegrown players." By that, they mean eight players who spent three years in either an English or Welsh youth system before they reached the age of 21.
Clubs can choose to have only seven or six homegrown players, but this would reduce the overall size of the squad, as they cannot have anymore than 17 "foreign" players.
The only other point worth noting is that clubs can add as many under-21 players as they would like to their squad, as these do not count towards their squad total.
Read on to see who's in the Red Devils Premier League squad this season.
David De Gea, Anders Lindegaard
The Spanish international David De Gea will most likely be the starting goalkeeper for the Red Devils this season as his fine performances towards the end of last year have seemingly secured the top spot for him.
He will face great competition from Anders Lindergaard, however, who excelled as United's shot-stopper at times last year also, before injury cost him that role.
Alexander Buttner, Johnny Evans, Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Rafael Da Silva, Chris Smalling, Nemanja Vidic
The 25-man roster starts to get interesting here because we can begin to see who did and didn't make the cut this season. The inclusion of new signing Alexander Buttner is a great move by the Red Devils—giving them depth at left-back and an opportunity to show how good the former Eredivisie defender can be in the Premier League.
Chris Smalling and Johnny Evans also both acquire spots in this squad, and will need to step up for United if they are to establish defensive stability this year.
Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Rafael Da Silva are all likely starters for the Red Devils this season.
Phil Jones is a notable exclusion from the squad, but as alert fans have pointed out, he is under 21 and this doesn't need to be named in the squad.
Anderson, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Darren Fletcher, Ryan Giggs, Shinji Kagawa, Nani, Paul Scholes, Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young
United have some serious depth throughout midfield this season—as shown by the class of the players that will be forced to play as substitutes this year.
The Red Devils have several talented wingers in Nani, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young, and we can assume those three players to battle for the two starting roles. With all three healthy, Young will most likely start on the left and Valencia on the right, though that will change throughout the year.
They also have great talent in central midfield—the likes of Anderson, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Paul Scholes and Shinji Kagawa are all likely to share playing time this season, with some obviously receiving more playing time than others.
Fantastic news also to see Darren Fletcher's name back in the squad. No new information is yet known on when he'll be available, but to see his name in this squad after talk earlier in the season that his career might be over is simply wonderful news.
Bebe, Javier Hernandez, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Danny Welbeck
But out of all the positions, Manchester United have their greatest depth up front this season, with several top-class strikers in their squad.
England internationals Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck led the Red Devils last year, and whilst the arrival of Robin van Persie from Arsenal will cut into their playing time, expect the trio to dominate Premier League defenses all season long and share the workload well.
Hernandez and Bebe are therefore simply squad players this year—unlikely to see a great deal of action—but Sir Alex Ferguson knows that he has two talented backup players this year in Bebe and Hernandez, and that he can have confidence when they do make their appearances.
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