Ranking 10 United Players with Biggest Point to Prove in Pre-Season

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Ranking 10 United Players with Biggest Point to Prove in Pre-Season
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Who are the United players with the most to gain, or most to lose, as Manchester United begin their tour of the USA? Who are the players with a point to prove to Louis van Gaal, and to themselves, ahead of the season proper?

Some are established members of the squad who underperformed last season. Some are newer signings who have not yet sufficiently demonstrated their suitability for the club.

Five of them found themselves on my list of five players who should be sold before the season starts, here

Having something to prove is certainly not always a negative. In the case of the young players on this list it represents a huge opportunity.

Contenders for the list who have not made it include a group of young players, like Angelo Henriquez, Guillermo Varela and Michael and Will Keane. They will all be keen to show Van Gaal what they can do.

The experienced player closest to making the list who missed out was Wayne Rooney given the uncertainties around how he will fit into Van Gaal's system. However, given his status at the club, he probably has longer to prove himself than the rest.

Danny Welbeck is another who was on the long-list for a place in the final 10. However, his tactical flexibility could prove invaluable in Van Gaal's early months, and that probably guarantees his place in the new manager's thoughts.

Here are the 10 players who could most do with catching Van Gaal's eye.

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