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Respected Journalists Debate Manchester United’s Best XI – 15 Alternative Options

What is Manchester United’s best possible team…

Manchester United spent a record amount during the summer, splashing the cash in an attempt to fire themselves back into Premier League contention after a difficult start to the season.

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New manager Louis van Gaal spent £150m to overhaul the squad that finished seventh under David Moyes last time out, bringong the likes of Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria to Old Trafford.

With six new arrivals potentially set to star against Queens Park Rangers this weekend, the Daily Mail experts attempted to choose Van Gaal’s strongest team – assuming that everyone is fit.

Click through the pages and see who you most agree with, then comment below with your own team.

Matt Barlow

Team (4-3-3): De Gea; Rafael, Jones, Rojo, Shaw; Di Maria, Carrick, Blind; Van Persie, Falcao, Rooney.

Justification: “Four at the back offers a more solid base for all the attacking forces. Carrick in to sit and control. Legs from Blind and Di Maria. And what a front three. Sadly no room for Mata, a wonderful player, but he can be involved behind two strikers with a slight tweak to 4-3-1-2.”

Lee Clayton

Team (4-3-3): De Gea; Rafael, Jones, Evans, Shaw; Di Maria, Carrick, Blind; Van Persie, Falcao, Rooney.

Justification: “Still not sure about the key full-back areas and Rafael is a mistake waiting to happen every game. Carrick, playing very deep and dropping to make an auxiliary centre back/front sweeper is key to this. Mata slows down the game too much.The front three could be explosive, if they can fit together.”

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