Smalling has historically struggled on some big occasions, but at 25, it finally looks as though he has developed a leadership mentality for Van Gaal. Unlike this time a year ago, he can be entrusted with the responsibility of stopping United's bitter rivals and in a game that could wrestle the momentum away from the Blue half of Manchester...
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It is over the next three weeks that we can only begin to cast true judgement over this current United team's credentials as potential champions, and whether or not they can be a force in European football once again.
Over the past two seasons, David de Gea has solidified himself as one of world football's best goalkeepers, though there won't have been many of us who thought that the Spaniard would still be at Manchester United by this point.
The reality is that, on the pitch at least, United are no longer the European giants they were four or five years ago and even then there a was a team from Catalonia on a completely different level above.
A source claiming Manchester United are interested in Neymar doesn't mean the source is claiming Manchester United are going to sign Neymar. There is a difference. It's obvious when spelled out so clearly, but it's a distinction that a lot seem unable to make.
Despite his denial, money played some factor in Ramos' summer of uncertainty - he wouldn't have held out for a pay increase otherwise - but there's just something about Real Madrid. They and Barcelona have a pull that no English club can match - especially when it comes to Spanish and South American players.
Most fans who make themselves heard on social media comment 'We NEED Otamendi' probably without really knowing anything about him. What those people refuse to acknowledge is that things are actually looking promising at the back already.
United are guaranteed to take a hit on the fee they paid for Di Maria. His season simply wasn't good enough to justify a similar valuation - let alone a profit - but it's something of a surprise as to why United are so openly willing to let the player move on.
It wouldn't take much for Chelsea to be firm favourites, perhaps just one marquee signing to boost their strongest team and keep every player on their toes. But without it, Chelsea will struggle. You'd be foolish to think any different.
Van Gaal has never been afraid to change his system, but with the two latest acquisitions in the midfield they now boast the ability to play effectively in whatever formation is put down. There's two players capable of playing in every position, while you'd say at least half of the squad are not bound to one role in one set up. There are countless options.
Excitement has rarely been higher ahead of the big August kick-off and people are already trying to identify who will fly and who flop in 2015/16. But what about those individuals who may surprise you?
Manchester United have as usual been linked to a vast number of players, and one of them to enter the headlines is Bayern Munich's catalyst Bastian Schweinsteiger. Having won everything that is to win, including the World Club Cup, Champions League and seven Bundesliga titles, he should be the perfect fit with experience and winning mentality... right?
While Sergio Ramos is one of the finest defenders in the world, should United even be chasing him? Casting the facts aside that this could be a long, drawn out process, is it actually wise to be paying such big money for a player approaching the age of 30?
That big kick off may seem an eternity away - and it is, in all honesty. But while you're sunning yourself up on holiday or confused about what to do on the weekends now there's no Soccer Saturday to keep you occupied, just remember that as a football fan - transfer speculation is a necessary part of the ride.
Just think - even without the pressure on the squad that comes with a European campaign (or even a Capital One Cup campaign, just in case we were in danger of forgetting that MK Dons game), United stumbled to a fourth place finish, just six points clear of a shambolic Spurs team.