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* Wilfried Zaha has played himself into contention
After Wilf Zaha's play-off heroics earned Crystal Palace promotion, there was talk of the winger returning on loan to Selhurst Park despite Ian Holloway doing his best to scupper a deal. "I think he (Moyes) would be silly to give me him back," insisted Holloway in May, while Palace chairman Steve Parish also failed to help the Eagles' hopes when he admitted: "Me, personally, I think he is good enough for their side."
It seems Moyes has listened to Holloway's advice - something we wouldn't normally advocate - and Zaha was rewarded for his pre-season form with a starting spot against Wigan. Although he showed more restraint than in his last performance at Wembley just over two months ago, the 20-year-old was given a quiet word by Ryan Giggs at one stage after his loose backheel sent Wigan on the attack. It was the sort of mistake United can expect Premier League opponents to punish and with an extremely difficult start to the season looming Giggs' guidance could prove crucial to Zaha's chances of holding on to his place.
Considering the form and fitness concerns regarding Nani, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia, Zaha may find himself thrust into a starting role sooner than he expected, and he appears to be the sort of fearless character who will remain unfazed by the pressure. Similar to Shinji Kagawa, he is one of those creative types Moyes was unable to afford at Everton - both in price and luxury - but the manager will no doubt be excited by Zaha's potential and it seems the winger's first-team fate is very much in his own hands at the moment.
*Keeping Wayne Rooney is essential
Although many United fans would understandably be happy to see the back of Wayne Rooney after his ongoing melodrama, John W Henry's fears over Luis Suarez's desire to leave Liverpool apply equally to the situation in which the champions currently find themselves. "He won't be sold even if a foreign club comes in, because we do not have time to sign a suitable replacement," said Henry on Friday, and Moyes must surely feel the same about Rooney on the eve of the new season.
Despite the papers suggesting any marquee signing will suffice as a replacement for Rooney, the striker's goalscoring contribution cannot be underestimated and there are simply not enough suitable alternatives on the market at the moment. Nor do United have the requisite back-up to Robin van Persie already present in the squad: Javier Hernandez is a superb finisher, but best used as an impact sub (or against Chelsea/always against Chelsea), and if Danny Welbeck scores three goals this year he will have improved on his contribution in the previous campaign.
United are not a one-man team - despite the dullards' claims last season - but they do rely rather heavily on Van Persie for goals, as the striker again proved with his brace against Wigan. Beyond the Dutchman, Rooney is the only player in the squad capable of leading the line, and consequently a title challenge, and should anything happen to Van Persie (forgive the ominousness of this pondering) the England forward will suddenly be more important than ever.
"Not only is he a great goalscorer, he does so much work across the pitch," said Van Persie this week as he urged his deputy to stay. "He hates to lose - that's why you see him one minute pressing for goal, the next minute defending ferociously. He is an asset to any team."
It seems Moyes has his work cut out to allay Rooney's 'anger and confusion' and hinting that the striker will have to play second fiddle in the battle for the number nine role was perhaps not the ideal start. Moyes should also be frustrated with Ferguson's demob-happy revelation that Rooney had requested a transfer, and the new manager is now left to pick up the pieces of an indecorous disagreement. But pick them up he must if United are to continue building a squad strong enough to challenge on all fronts.
* What role will Shinji Kagawa play this season?
With Rooney still missing through injury, many expected that David Moyes would hand Kagawa a chance to impress behind Van Persie in attack against Wigan as the playmaker seeks to improve on his contribution last season. The occasion was nothing more than a glorified friendly, of course, but the fact that Welbeck was preferred to Kagawa leaves doubts over the Japanese's role in the squad and whether he can command a regular starting spot in the forthcoming campaign.
Kagawa showed flashes of his talent in his first year at United - such as his hat-trick performance against Norwich - and questions over his displays prompted Sir Alex Ferguson to angrily respond that the midfielder was the victim of 'unfair' judgement. However, Kagawa admitted on the club's pre-season tour of Asia that he was "not happy with my performance for the team at all" as rumours of a return to Borussia Dortmund emerged.
It seems certain that Kagawa will remain at Old Trafford for the time being, and one would think that Rooney's predicament will afford him an opportunity to play support to Van Persie at the start of the new campaign. Although he was used in a wide position several times last season, it's clear that the playmaker is most comfortable in the centre, as Jurgen Klopp expressed in May. "Shinji Kagawa is one of the best players in the world and he now plays 20 minutes at Manchester United - on the left wing." said Klopp. "My heart breaks. Really, I have tears in my eyes. Central midfield is Shinji's best role. He's an offensive midfielder with one of the best noses for goal I ever saw."
Moyes has also praised Kagawa in pre-season and hinted that Ferguson has offered advice on how he should be deployed, but finding a role for such a creative talent was never a problem the manager had to deal with at Everton. It wouldn't be a surprise - in the short-term, at least - to see Kagawa remain in the peculiar predicament Juan Sebastian Veron once occupied at United - that of an enormously talented player who, for whatever reason, cannot be appropriately accommodated.
* Nemanja Vidic's fitness is crucial
It goes without saying that Manchester United are a much more formidable beast when Vidic is present and that the captain made it through 90 minutes on Sunday will have been a huge boost to Moyes. Vidic made only 23 appearances last season (19 in the league) as he struggled with back and knee injuries and it was more than mere coincidence that United frequently looked leaky at the back despite their march to the title. To illustrate with a small sample, a total of 13 goals were conceded in four matches against West Brom, Reading, Aston Villa (all away) and Newcastle (at home) when Vidic was absent.
Phil Jones will be disappointed that he was deprived of his chance to stake a claim in the centre following Rafael's injury early in the Community Shield, but Moyes will be happy to endure the England youngster's frustration if it means Vidic remains fit to start. At present Jones is still a raw talent, while Chris Smalling is as brittle as they come and Rio Ferdinand is, well, old. Testimonial old. A centre-back partnership of Vidic and Jonny Evans may be the immediate future for United and the duo are certainly capable of providing the defensive foundation for another title tilt.
* It's make or break for many of United's squad
Although United romped to the title last season, they struggled to shake the 'ordinary' tag that comes from having Michael Carrick as one of your two most influential players. That Carrick's prominence and reputation has grown significantly over the past 12 months is either testament to his improvement or, more likely, a sign that Sir Alex Ferguson got out at the right time. Would Sir have retired had he believed this United side can challenge for another Champions League crown?
There is much to be said about the strengths of the current United side, but there are also many compelling weaknesses. Anderson has been indulged long past the point of sense, Nani is approaching that stage and Ashley Young has never been good enough to be abided. And then there are the 'kids' - Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck - who are 24 and 23 this season but lack the consistency demonstrated by United's kids of old whose success perversely contributed to this new era of lenience. It's all well and good wishing to retain a home-grown core, but that aim should come a distant second to the goal of having a squad strong enough to progress year on year.
With three weeks of the transfer window left, there is still plenty of time for Moyes to add new faces - probably Marouane Fellaini and possibly Leighton Baines - as he continues to prepare for his biggest test; a test that will reveal the extent to which the Fergie Factor (and Roberto Mancini's mistakes) hauled United to the title last season. Did Ferguson get out at the right time or can Moyes build on the success of the previous campaign? The time to judge starts now.
Matt Stanger - he's on the Twitter.