Four Manchester United players are set for their competitive debut against Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.
Manchester United fans eager to see some of their summer signings for the first time may not have to wait much longer, with four players tipped to make their competitive debuts against Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.
Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Radamel Falcao are all in line to play some part against Harry Redknapp’s side, so who is likely to make the most impact, both in the short-term and over the whole season?
The Netherlands international may not be the headline-name midfielder many United fans were hoping for, but the versatile star could be the invisible catalyst for United’s more creative men to shine.
If he does feature against QPR he is likely to marshal the area in front of the defence while also springing attacks with the impressive vision and passing ability that was showcased at the World Cup. He may not be the difference-maker on Sunday, but over the whole season, Blind could prove to be one of United’s most important players.
The England international will be hoping the questions surrounding his fitness are a thing of the past, and if he does play against QPR he will want to prove that emphatically. With Marcos Rojo and Blind also able to operate in the left full-back (or wing-back) position, Shaw will have to hit the ground running.
As a result he could be one of United’s best players on Sunday, with the same being said for the season as a whole. In short, competition for places means the teenager cannot afford to let his form dip.
Likely to start on the left of a defensive three the majority of the time, the Argentine international finally has clearance to play and should feature at the weekend. He will be raring to go but United fans will be keen to see if he can be as effective as a centre-back as he is as a full-back for his country.
Unlikely to be the star of the show, either against QPR or in many games this season, he will still be vital if van Gaal’s 3-5-2 formation is to prove a success.
The deadline day arrival from AS Monaco will want to get on the score-sheet as soon as possible and, for that reason alone, Falcao is sure to be the main man when it comes to United’s debutants.
His goal-scoring record is nothing short of remarkable and if that continues the Colombia international will surely prove to be one of United’s vital players, in what is a crucial season both for the club and for van Gaal’s legacy.