Manchester United will play their first competitive game of the 2012-13 season against Everton on Monday night.

The Red Devils will be without many of their key players for the highly anticipated clash and it'll be interesting to see what kind of formation Alex Ferguson decides to deploy.

Here's a possible one.


David De Gea will be the man between the posts for United. Even though Andres Lindegaard did impress during the pre-season, I see the Spaniard getting the nod.

The central defence is a major cause of concern for United.  As stated above, the club will be missing some of their key players against Everton and those 'key players' are namely Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans.

The absence of the above four mentioned players will mean that Michael Carrick could be asked to partner Nemanja Vidic at the heart of the Red Devils' defence.  

Patrice Evra will take up the left-back role. With the club's inability to buy any new left-back this summer, it is highly unlikely that Evra won't be starting on Monday.

The right-back role could either go to Antonio Valencia or to Rafael Da Silva. I feel that Fergie might prefer the former as the latter is coming off from a taxing Olympics campaign and his defensive duties are often questionable too. Hence, with an already mediocre centre-back partnership, a full-back who might not be able to commit thoroughly at the back will adversely affect United's game.

Therefore, Valencia should start at the right-back position. He's far more consistent as even though he's primarily a winger, he can adapt exceptionally well to the right-back role and contribute heavily to both the club's attack as well as defence.


The main question with the midfield is whether Alex Ferguson will employ two deep lying midfielders and one attacking midfielder (4-2-3-1 formation) or two central midfielders instead (4-4-2), like he always has.

I feel that he will still go with his traditional two central midfielders with two out wingers formation.

With Carrick most probably playing as a defender, the midfield pair should consist of Paul Scholes and Anderson. Even though Cleverley might seem a more exciting and better option than the latter, I believe that Anderson's phenomenal pre-season might just give him a place in the starting eleven against the Toffees.

New signing Shinji Kagawa, who primarily plays as a second striker or an attacking midfielder, should take up the left wing. Playing him as a central midfielder will leave the defence thoroughly exposed and hence he'll be more suited for a winger role who could regularly drift into the centre of the pitch and produce some dazzling plays.

Right wing role will go to either Ashley Young or Luis Nani. I personally want to see Nani, but Fergie might go with Ashley Young. 


Wayne Rooney and well, our latest recruit, Robin van Persie, will lead United's attack against Everton. The pair will form one of the most daunting strike partnerships in world football and it will surely be exiting for the Red Devils fans to see the top two goalscorers in England last season playing together for their beloved team.