And of course, it doesn’t get any better than inheriting a squad that has just won the Barclays Premier League title. Here, we assess the central-midfielders who will be jostling for first-team stardom throughout the highly-anticipated 2013/14 campaign...
Michael Carrick: A seventh season of classy consistency finally earned the underrated star some long overdue credit, earning the Players’ Player of the Year award at Old Trafford whilst taking a place in the PFA’s prestigious Team of the Year. In short, he’s the heartbeat of United.
Tom Cleverley: If Carrick is the master then "TC23" is the apprentice, and one who is rapidly becoming a star for both club and country. A neat and tidy player with an eye for a pass, the youth product is among the breed of diminutive ball-players currently taking the modern game by storm.
Shinji Kagawa: The Japanese international made a mightily encouraging start to life at Old Trafford throughout the 2012/13 season, despite a few niggling injuries. He clocked up 26 appearances and scored six goals, including a sublime hat-trick against Norwich. His intelligence is absolutely unique.
Anderson: Now with four Premier League titles to his name, the Brazilian has become an established star in M16. Although his career has been littered by injuries, his talent is unquestionable. Importantly, his dynamism and style offers something different to his colleagues.