A PRE-SEASON injury to pacy striker Jack Redshaw must have hit Morecambe manager Jim Bentley hard, for it's up front where the Shrimps' season may stand or fall.
Bentley has managed to put together a team that's big, strong and experienced in defence and midfield.
Barry Roche, now in his fifth season at the club, is one of the best goalkeepers in the division.
Forget that howler which gave Torquay a key goal at the Globe last season.
The likely back-four are all six-footers, with Andrew Wright, signed from Scunthorpe a year ago, and close-season recruit Mark Hughes (Northampton, Walsall, Bury) at left-back.
Bentley may well partner another summer signing, tall Tony Diagne from Macclesfield, with 32-year-old Chris McCready at centre-back.
There's loads of know-how in midfield, with stalwart figures like Stuart Drummond (see Player To Watch), 34-year-old Kevin Ellison still going strong on the left wing and ex-Wrexham man Andy Fleming.
But United must also beware the new threat of young Welshman Ryan Williams, who looked a real prospect after arriving from Chester last January.
With Redshaw and ex-Bury forward Marcus Marshall sidelined, Bentley went with 20-year-old ex-Bolton striker Jack Sampson and recent signing Padraig Amond from Accrington up front in the 1-0 opening day defeat at Wycombe.
There weren't too many striking options among just six on the bench, which was filled by reserve goalie Andreas Arestidou, defenders Andy Parrish and Robbie Threlfall and midfielders Joe Mwasilie and Joe McGee.