Predicted finish: 3rd – behind Chelsea and Arsenal
Season star man: Juan Mata
Top scorer/How many: Rooney/16
Biggest flop: Phil Jones – will be injured all season again
How far in Europe: Semi final
Most red cards: Rojo
Best summer signing: Memphis Depay
Player to leave before September: Jonny Evans
Dream signing: Gareth Bale
Player we need: Got to be a striker. Harry Kane
Breakthrough player: Pereira – I think he will get a lot of games
Predicted finish: 2nd- we scrape it on goal difference. You heard it here first.
Season star man: Chris Smalling- the former Fulham man to rise from the quagmire of playing alongside Phil Jones for years to lead United’s defence to glory- sort of.
Top scorer/how many: Chris Smalling to miss out on top scorer- despite doubling last season’s tally of four as Wayne Rooney bags 25 goals in all competitions.
Biggest flop: Jonny Evans -the only 27 year old in the world still waiting to ‘break through the ranks’ it’s time to finally admit the heir to Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand’s crown is looking more likely to be the heir to Phil Jagielka’s.
How far in Europe: United to get out of the group stages, just. I can’t see a long run in Europe’s top competition but I can see United doing enough to remind everyone they’ve not forgotten how to beat teams in the Champions League and aren’t that far away from becoming contenders again.
Most red cards: I’ve a feeling Morgan Schneiderlin may get stuck in a bit too much at times – if that’s actually possible in our midfield. The odd red card may be an occupational hazard for a player we’ve been crying out for ever since Owen Hargreaves had his first knee scan.
Player to leave before September: David De Gea- until yesterday it looked like he was staying this season but even Louis Van Gaal cannot afford to have his best keeper warming the bench and upsetting the rest of the squad.
Best Summer signing: Call me potty but Matteo Darmian could actually be the most important signing of the transfer window- no more Tony Valencia at right back is worth at least nine goals a season.
Dream signing: Gareth Bale- We need a Galatico – there’s not many more ‘Galatic’ than the former Spurs star, he may even be available for as little as the GDP of most small African nations.
Player we need: A.N.Y Topkeeper. Hugo Lloris, Jasper Cillessen- whoever – United need a top class keeper to replace David De Gea who now looks about as likely to stay at United as Sepp Blatter does to stay at FIFA past next season.
Breakthrough player: Adnan Januzaj- this is more hope than true ‘prediction’ but it’s now time for the Belgian to remind us why that annoyingly addictive chant was sung so much. Please Adnan, stop being rubbish and start being awesome again.
Chudi (@Black_Gatsby), co-editor of The Faithful
Predicted finish: 3rd – with no CB or CF we’re going to struggle, 4th if De Gea leaves
Season star man: Morgan Schneiderlin
Top scorer/How many: Rooney will get 18
Biggest flop: Sergio Romero, may get more action than we intend and probably will join a long list of United goalkeeping flops
How far in Europe: Quarter finals
Best summer signing: Schneiderlin – just what we need although Depay may be the most exciting
Player to leave before September: I’d get rid of Jonny Evans, speaks volumes given the fact that we need a CB
Dream signing: I’d go for Lewandowski, seems a very ‘United’ striker, been linked and would probably tear up the Premier League.
Player we need: Sergio Ramos – been linked and we need a CB to play alongside Smalling as Blind seems to be the preferred option.
Breakthrough player: Andreas Pereira – after the summer he’s had I expect him to grab an opportunity that presents it’s self with both hands. A lot of fans from other fans will know his name come next May.