Van Gaal's arrival could spark a return to the top for Manchester United.

How will Manchester United line up on the opening day?


New manager Louis van Gaal has finally linked up with the Manchester United squad as they prepare for the new Premier League season on their U.S. tour.

Over the weekend the players were seen working hard at the StubHub Center in Los Angeles, as they aim to impress LVG from the get-go. After United’s seventh-place finish last season, plenty of United’s stars are under pressure to prove that last season’s dismal showing was just a blip.

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On August 16th, less than a month from now, LVG will name his first United starting XI against Swansea City on the opening day of the 2014-15 season. Who will start? It’s all up in the air right now as more new players will likely arrive between now and the end of the transfer window on September 2. However, if you had to pick a lineup right now, it could be very interesting.

Van Gaal used a 3-5-2, which sometimes looked like a 5-3-2, at the World Cup with the Netherlands this summer. It remains to be seen whether or not he will champion that method at United, as he could use a different formation given the players at his disposal. The guy has tons of experience and has used so many systems over the past few decades.

Here are three options as to how the Red Devils could line up next season with their current squad. What do you think van Gaal should do?

Option 1: Flexible 3-5-2

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Rafael—Herrera—Mata—Fellaini —Shaw

—Rooney—Van Persie—

Option 2: Classic 4-4-2

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—Rooney—Van Persie—

Option 3: Fluid 4-3-3

— De Gea —



—Rooney—Van Persie—Mata—

EURO 2016: Spain, Switzerland earn qualification

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Catch up on all of Friday’s EURO qualification action, as two more teams have booked a ticket to France.

Spain 4-0 Luxembourg

Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla hadn’t scored a competitive goal for Spain in more than six years, but he scored twice today to help earn his country a berth in EURO 2016. Cazorla and Paco Alcacer scored all four goals for the Spanish, while Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas became Spain’s all-time leader in assists. However, both David Silva of Manchester City and Alvaro Morata of Juventus were forced off with injuries, with Morata’s looking to be serious.

Switzerland 7-0 San Marino

Switzerland led just 1-0 at halftime, but a six-goal second half which included three penalty kicks means the Swiss have secured qualification from Group E for EURO 2016. As expected, Switzerland dominated every aspect of the match against minnows San Marino, and Vladimir Petkovic’s side had seven different goalscorers.

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England 2-0 Estonia

England remained perfect in Group E, taking their ninth win from nine matches today at Wembley. Theo Walcott‘s great scoring form from Arsenal carried over to the national side, opening the scoring just before halftime. In the second half, Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy came on as a substitute and assisted to Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, who made it 2-0. With a few minutes to play, Tottenham teenager Dele Alli got a short run in his England debut.

Elsewhere in EURO qualifying

Group C

Macedonia 0-2 Ukraine
Slovakia 0-1 Belarus

Group E

Slovenia 1-1 Lithuania

Group G

Liechtenstein 0-2 Sweden
Moldova 1-2 Russia
Montenegro 2-3 Austria

Sergio Aguero expects to miss a month with hamstring injury

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After scoring five goals against Newcastle United, Sergio Aguero may have to wait a bit of time to get back to scoring in the Premier League.

The Manchester City striker lasted just 25 minutes in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier on Thursday, as he was stretchered off with a hamstring injury. 

Aguero underwent testing in Argentina, and told the local media “I think I’m going to be out for a month.”

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Manchester City and Argentina teammate Nicolas Otamendi said Aguero was in tears in the dressing room, and some reports have penned the injury as a torn hamstring.

If Aguero were to be ruled out for a month, he would miss City’s Champions League clash vs. Sevilla, as well as the massive Manchester derby away at United on October 25.

To make matters worse for City supporters, David Silva was forced off after just ten minutes while playing for Spain today. Silva took a harsh challenge from behind, and hobbled off with what looked to be an ankle injury. If Silva’s injury ends up being more than just a knock, City could be without their two most important players in the attack.