Manchester United have had a large squad since time itself began; the logic for many managers is that a larger squad is essential to be competitive on multiple fronts. A club of United's stature would expect to be competing on all fronts—Premier League, FA Cup, and League Cup, as well as in Europe. Driven by necessity, Sir Alex Ferguson has adopted a rotation policy over the years to keep his best fresh and give his young players their chances.
The upcoming Premier League season, however, sees new rules introduced: Only 25 players over the age of 21 may be registered and eight of these must have trained with United for three seasons before the age of 21. The squad may be supplemented with as many under-21s as necessary. With United having been one of the most active English teams in this transfer window, it will be interesting to see who sneaks in.
This article will look at the most likely 25 players to be registered as well as the under-21s who should play a part.