Sir Alex Ferguson has compared the competition for places up front with the situation we found ourselves in during the 98-99 season, with Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole our first choice, as well as the options of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham.

Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney were the two highest scorers in the league last season, so you would presume they would be United’s first choice this season, although Danny Welbeck and Chicharito are also competing to start. Shinji Kagawa might also keep one of those players out, given that his position is behind the striker.

Ferguson has conceded he isn’t sure what our best partnership is yet but hopes the competition for places inspires better form from our strikers.

“It is early doors but at the moment I don’t know where I am going in the sense of what my best partnership will be,” said Ferguson. “Probably the strongest part of the club will be in the striker department. It (Van Persie’s arrival) should give everyone a push. Danny Welbeck is in the same position as Javier in that they are not the first team choices at the moment. That doesn’t mean to say it will stay that way because competition is always healthy and them being the kind of young lads they are will be desperate to establish themselves. That is what competition is. We had it in 1999.”