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How will Manchester United start 2015/16?

We're told Manchester United and Louis van Gaal want to have transfers settled early in the summer, so each week we'll have a look at how United might start the next season.

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This last week has seen a slight shift in targets. Gareth Bale's move to United appears to have become less likely with Rafael Benitez's arrival in Madrid, with his apparent preference for using Cristiano Ronaldo giving Bale more responsibility on the wings. That's not to say that the move won't happen, but the rumours for Felipe Anderson have been growing, and make a degree of sense. It's conceivable both he and Bale will join, given the lack of quality on the wings for United.

In central midfield, Ilkay Gundogan is apparently not joining Barcelona, but the stories linking him to Old Trafford have receded. The only midfielder consistently linked at the moment is Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton. Also, now Dani Alves will be staying at Barcelona, the Nathaniel Clyne rumours have restarted. United have a good relationship with Southampton after the Luke Shaw transfer last season, so any move should be a smooth one.

Marcos Rojo's Twitter antics remain the only reason to believe Nicolas Otamendi will join from Valencia, but it's the best we've got, just as Hugo Lloris acknowledging his interest in moving to Manchester United is the only worthwhile talk on goalkeepers. David de Gea is obviously leaving.

In attack, Mario Mandzukic would make some sense, in that he's disciplined and able to control the ball, two things that Louis van Gaal wants from his central striker in a 4-3-3. He'd be willing to play back up given his age, but he can't be worse than Wayne Rooney in the long term, can he?

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