Manchester United: UEFA Champions League Winning Team 2016

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Manchester United: UEFA Champions League Winning Team 2016
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Wayne Rooney, Champions League Trophy

Manchester United have started the season well. Sir Alex is integrating youth and experience once again. He's already talking about tough choices between his new young stars and their established counterparts.

The top seeding in this year's UEFA Champions League draw has given them yet another comfortable group. If things run true to form, there will be more chances to blood future stars—this year, Cleverley, Welbeck, Pogba and Morrison.

Right now it's a tough choice to pick a winning team for 2016, let alone 2012. And that's without knowing who else might be signed between now and then. Ganso, Costa and Goetze are all possibilities, but so are several of the current United youngsters who don't even make this projected squad.

At least the choice of captain seems obvious. By the time of the 2016 Final, Xavi and Iniesta for Barcelona will probably have retired, but Wayne Rooney will be 30, having spent over 11 years at United. He will have over 500 appearances for the team and over 100 for England.

In the last year or so, he's got his act together. By 2016 he's very likely to be the most senior pro. He leads by example. He's a natural to skipper the side.

So who else makes up the team and who could be on the bench?

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