Possible XI: De Gea, Evra, Vidic, Ferdinand, Fabio, Young, Carrick, Giggs, Valencia, Rooney, Hernandez
The most common formation used by Sir Alex last season, the 4-4-2 is certainly a mainstay. Evra, Vidic, and Ferdinand have certainly established themselves as some of the best defenders in the EPL, if not, the world. Therefore, they certainly garner a place in almost any starting XI United can put out.
Right-back is more up in the air. While newly signed 19-year-old Phil Jones is capable of playing on the flank, the position is really a toss-up between the two Da Silva twins. Both are similar players who are great at going forward, but still need to improve their defensive capabilities. That being said, I think this could be a really big season for the pair of Brazilians.
The midfield has significant depth, and thus can be altered in many ways. For the 4-4-2, I like having Valencia and Young on the wings. Rooney certainly produced better when Valencia is on the pitch, and Young (and his crossing ability,) will be extremely productive for the front two. Carrick and Giggs performed decently well last season, with Giggs embracing more of a playmaker style.
There is little question who should make up the front two pair. Rooney is world class, and Hernandez looks poised to continue to be a defense’s nightmare.