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"I think Sir Alex's selection will be governed by the fitness of his players. In the main, those who have played most during pre-season will get the nod on Monday night." - Nick Coppack 

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20/08/2012 12:44
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2012/13: Our starting XI

We conclude our countdown to the season by asking six ManUtd.com staff about the opener at Everton...

Who would be in your starting XI for Goodison Park?



Adam Marshall: If Rio Ferdinand is absent, then he could be the fourth centre-back ruled out which will mean some rejigging. Scott Wootton and Michael Keane both played for the Under-21s on Saturday so Michael Carrick may be moved back, presuming none of the injured defenders are available. I'd like to see Shinji Kagawa start and think Robin van Persie may be on the bench - although that will be depend on how he's trained. United: De Gea; Rafael, Carrick, Vidic, Evra; Valencia, Scholes, Cleverley, Nani; Kagawa; Rooney.

Gemma Thompson: It's arguably harder than ever to guess Sir Alex’s XI following some exciting summer acquisitions and the return to fitness of key men; choosing the front six is by far the trickiest part. Kagawa has already shown promising signs, while fit-again Tom Cleverley excelled for England alongside Michael Carrick last week. No doubt we'll see our new No.20 make an appearance off the bench at some stage, but who's to say Sir Alex won't spring a surprise and start him? United: De Gea; Rafael, Carrick, Vidic, Evra; Cleverley, Scholes, Kagawa; Valencia, Rooney, Young.

James Tuck: I reckon Carrick will fill in for Ferdinand at centre-back, so Cleverley will start in midfield. The rest of the front six hinges on whether Kagawa makes his debut; I think he will, just behind Wayne Rooney – so van Persie starts on the bench. Games at Everton are often tight so I’ve picked a team with plenty of attacking threats. United: De Gea; Valencia, Carrick, Vidic, Evra; Nani, Scholes, Cleverley, Young; Kagawa, Rooney.

Nick Coppack: I think Sir Alex's selection will be governed by the fitness of his players. In the main, those who have played most during

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