In the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, a summer transfer window at Manchester United means one thing – and that’s business.
Annually, Manchester United are linked with more arrivals and departures than your average airport and with this in mind, we’ve created a potential starting XI for United when they kick-off their 2017/18 Premier League campaign against West Ham.
Were United to get their hands on all the names they’ve been mentioned alongside – then their team would inarguably be one of the best in Europe. Victor Lindelof has been the only arrival at Carrington so far this summer – but with Alvaro Morata widely expected to follow alongside a potential United return for his Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo – we’ve made a team that looks frightening on paper should Jose Mourinho get his men.
In David de Gea, United boast one of the best goalkeepers in the world – and they should do everything to hold onto the Spanish stopper this summer.
The defence is comprised of Antonio Valencia – who had an incredible season when adapting to full-back last campaign, a potential solid partnership between the impressive Eric Bailly and new signing Victor Lindelof, and should Luke Shaw return to his best form – few attackers would get the better of this backline.
Another solid new addition to United’s midfield would be rumoured target of both United and Chelsea Tiemoue Bakayoko of Monaco, as he would screen the back four – allowing the attacking talents of Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera to take centre stage. Should Pogba be allowed to play as the farthest forward midfielder he would score more goals and lay on more assists than he managed last season.
The potential return of Cristiano Ronaldo combined with Marcus Rashford playing behind, possibly, Alvaro Morata would mean United boast a front three that could turn from defence to attack in a matter of seconds. Goals were a problem for the Red Devils last season but with an attacking trio like this – you’d question how there could ever be an issue again.
If United are to line up like this, you can rest assured it won’t be long before they compete on domestic fronts as well as being back among Europe’s elite.
This may be a dream team – but £300 million could buy a real one for Jose Mourinho this summer.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena
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