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Last season, we saw that with some teams we could break them down with wing play others with more direct play channeling in through the middle and others simply on account of outstanding individual efforts.

As we have yet to sign any players, let's just use the players we have to establish an idea of what our team will line up as in the coming season.

------------------------ Van Der Sar --------------------------

--- Gazza ------------ Rio -------- Vidic ----------- Heinze --

-------------------- Sheasy/Smith/Fletcher -------------------

---- Ronaldo ------------ Scholes --------------- Park/Giggs -

---------------------- Rooney -----------------------------------
---------------------------------- Ruud/Saha -------------------

Now personally, seeing the kind of damage Ronaldo has been heaping upon the World Cup defenses, I would like to see him have a bit more of a free role. Which could mean we could revert to a defense where Scholes tucks a little more out to the right and the left winger pulls farther back into the central midfield almost like 3 across the middle of the park.

Ronaldo as undoubtably talent as he is, I think he could be a incredible player given that license to roam a little more, kinda of like the role that Rooney played last season.


Now with a couple of signings imminent, and likewise departures on the cards lets have a look at who will come and go and how we will line up differently

Arrivals:-
1. Defensive/Central Midfielder - Javier Mascherano, Mahammdou Diarra, Michael Carrick
2. Striker - Fernando Torres

Departures:-
1. Ruud Van Nistelrooy

These are the most likely ofcourse we won't sign all three DM/CMs however we could sign up to two of them. Torres would likely come in if indeed Ruud does leave. Assuming that this happens this would be how our line up would look like.

---------------------- Van Der Sar ------------------------

--- Gazza --------- Rio -------- Vidic -------- Heinze ----

----------------------- Mascherano ------------------------

---- Ronaldo ------ Scholes/Carrick ------ Park/Giggs ---

-------------------------- Rooney --------------------------
--------------------------- Torres ---------------------------


This is a incredibly strong line up IMO. Lots of youth in Mascherano, Carrick, etc. Also an abundance of experience Van Der Sar, Rio, Giggs,etc. I think this could well be the perfect balance. If they can click then we could be a unstoppable force both domestically and on the continent.

I have gone with the Vidic at the back rather than Brown simply because I think that the Rio and Vidic partnership is going to be the stuff of legends. Brown IMO will be a successor to Gary Neville if he can improve his crossing and he if he can fend of young Phil Bardsley.

We have a superb second string, Foster in goal(on WC duty with England), Brown, Bardsley, Evra, Pique, McShane, etc.

In midfield we got the likes of Richardson, David & Ritchie Jones, as well as Ole, etc

Upfront we have Giuseppe Rossi and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Frazier Campbell pushing Rooney, Torres(if he comes), Ruud(if he stays), Saha.

So the formation is done, for the old line up, we have to look for the defensive midfielder (Diarra, Sheasy, Smith, Mascherano) whoever it might be to looking for Scholes to be an outlet when we can't get to the byline and get a cross in. Scholes is an incredible player, he hasn't had the best of luck but has now had a good 6-8 months to prepare himself for the upcoming seasons and I've got an inkling he could yet turn on the style to halt the Russian parade.

Rooney and Ronaldo hopefully will be looking to create things. I have high hopes for Ronaldo, I really think that this coming season can be his huge break thru year. I think he has a lot in store for us all.

The wonderful thing about our strikers are they are incredibly versatile, both Rooney and Torres can score from distance, with either foot. They are both fast, skillful, though I think Torres would beat Rooney in the air anyday. Torres has a good turn on him and can sell almost any defender. Rooney is quite simply put a powerhouse.

I am really looking forward to see who we bring in, all the other top teams in England have brought in some personal (Liverpool - Bellamy, Chelsea - Ballack, Sheva, Kalou, stolen Mikel, Arsenal - Rosicky, Spurs - Berbatov) Now it's not cause I'm desperate for us to simply buy any Tom, d**k or Harry, rather take the extra bit of time and sign a gem than make a rash buy and get a flop. Hopefully, our hesitancy in the market suggesting more careful thought than some prior years.

Here's to a good summer in the market and hopefully a even better season.
 
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