Manchester United: Five players to watch
Here are five young players to get excited about for the upcoming season.
If Cleverley can have an injury-free season and a strong run in the first team it will be good for United. He had a good showing for Team GB in the Olympics and an impressive showing in his debut for England against Italy. He is an exciting young player whose energy levels are always high. In the continued absence of Darren Fletcher, Cleverley will be very important for the United midfield.
The exciting young right back had a big summer. He played for Brazil in the Olympic tournament and preformed well. He is stronger going forward and his link up play with Antonio Valencia is impressive, but he needs to take the next step in defending in order to get better as a player. A strong showing by Rafael could see him start to cement the right back position as his own.
The Mexican, for the first time in two seasons, had a proper break this summer, with Manchester United and Mexico agreeing not to take him to London. He scored in pre-season and looked sharp against Hannover. His second season was still productive but reaching the goal scoring form he had in his first season should be his aim this season. He faces competition to start with the arrival of Robin Van Persie.
Obviously a talent for the future, he still has plenty to offer now. Sir Alex sees him as a midfielder, rather than an attacker, and he’ll have the best to learn from in Scholes and Carrick. He’ll have time to learn and pre-season with United will have only helped him get settled. It’s a big adjustment from League 2 to the Premier League so he will need time to settle.
After a strong pre-season, it’s understandable to see why Manchester United supporters are excited to see Kagawa in action. He is quick and he presents a goal scoring and goal creating threat from the midfield. Kagawa will look forward to being able to play with Rooney and Van Persie, a potential lethal combination. Kagawa’s experience in the Bundesliga should well prepare him for the physicality of the Premier League.
Calling all United fans: Do you agree with Alex's views? Who are you excited to see play for Manchester United? Whatever your views are we'd love to hear from you.