Manchester United vs Swansea City – The starting XI

Manchester United vs Swansea City – The starting XI

This first game after Sir Alex Ferguson’s announcement of retirement is sure to be emotional. With the title wrapped up it is hard to predict a starting line-up, but Ferguson may well choose one that gives a reminder of the talent he is leaving behind.

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David de Gea: Anders Lindegaard needs one more appearance to reach ten in the league this season, something Ferguson seems keen for him to get. This is more likely to come in the last game of the season however, with Ferguson set to choose his number one De Gea for his final home game.

Phil Jones: With Rafael suspended, Phil Jones can be expected to come in at right-back. Jones is sure to be a key player in the next era without Ferguson at the helm.

Rio Ferdinand Ferdinand missed out on an appearance last weekend and will be desperate to feature in the gaffer’s last home game.

Nemanja Vidic United’s Serbian captain will be keen to be involved on the day the Reds lift the Premier League trophy.

Patrice Evra Evra will potentially get a start against a Swansea before dropping in favour of Buttner against West Brom next weekend.

Nani The Portuguese winger may well get the nod on Sunday ahead of enduringly out-of-form Antonio Valencia.

Michael Carrick Another who missed out last weekend, Carrick should come into the centre of midfield against Swansea.

Paul Scholes Ferguson has been desperate to give his veteran some game-time before the end of the season and that could well happen in this emotional fixture.

Shinji Kagawa The Japanese youngster will be set to come in fresh and ready for a start on Sunday.

Wayne Rooney Amid intense speculation about his future, it would be typical for Rooney to start on Sunday against Swansea.

Robin van Persie Van Persie was Ferguson’s last great gift to United and the Dutchman will be keen to repay the manager for his faith and tutelage with a goal on Sunday.

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United should line-up in a 4-4-1-1 formation with Van Persie up front and Kagawa and Rooney behind him on the left and in the middle (they could both take up either position.)

This game will be remembered little for tactics and the result but more for the memorable send-off Ferguson will get (and possibly Scholes also.) The players will also get to lift the trophy after the game, and a strong, experienced line-up would be deserving of their places in the team on Sunday.

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Tom has a degree in Politics & Economics. He was previously sports editor of a student newspaper and is now working in the charity sector.