Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has moved to boost his squad in this summer’s transfer window, with Sancho having already joined and Varane set to arrive from Real Madrid
The new Premier League season is fast approaching, with Manchester United kicking off their campaign against Leeds United in two weeks’ time.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be looking to mount a title challenge in the upcoming season, having finished as runners-up to Manchester City last year.
The Red Devils boss has set about raising the quality of his squad over the course of the summer transfer window, with the Norwegian now possessing a fearsome set of options.
Long-time target Jadon Sancho has already been signed from Borussia Dortmund for £73million, with Raphael Varane set to follow him through the arrivals’ door from Real Madrid.
It has not been all good news for Solskjaer during this pre-season though, with Paul Pogba refusing to sign a new contract.
United have also been hit with the major blow that Marcus Rashford will undergo surgery on a shoulder injury that has been troubling him for several months.
Rashford’s decision to go under the knife is set to rule him out until at least October, depriving Solskjaer of one of his most trusted players.
While there has been talk that Solskjaer will change formation and deploy a 4-3-3 system this season, the lack of a new defensive midfielder means that they should stick with a 4-2-3-1.
The first selection headache for the United boss comes at goalkeeper, where David De Gea and Dean Henderson have been battling it out for the number one shirt.
While Tom Heaton has mainly appeared as the starter during pre-season, Solskjaer should continue to follow his policy from last season.
That will see Henderson handed the starting spot between the sticks in the Premier League, starting with the visit of Leeds.
Though United are attempting to sign Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid, Aaron Wan-Bissaka can expect to start the season at right-back.
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While there have been questions over the Englishman’s attacking talents, his defensive abilities make him the clear starter if Trippier is not signed in time for the opening day.
Inside Wan-Bisska will be new signing Varane, who is edging ever closer to becoming United’s third signing of the summer.
The Red Devils announced on Tuesday that they have agreed a deal in principle with Real Madrid for the World Cup winner, who will clearly raise the quality of the side’s centre-backs.
Alongside Varane will be United captain Harry Maguire, who has become one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League under Solskjaer.
Luke Shaw enjoyed a resurgence last season and will look to continue his form at left-back, following an impressive tournament at Euro 2020.
With no new defensive midfielder yet signed, United fans can expect to see the much-maligned duo of Fred and Scott McTominay in central midfield.
The Brazilian and the Scot were the most used defensive midfield combination last season, though Solskjaer does not trust either player on their own, committing him to a 4-2-3-1 system.
Playing on the right wing of that system will be star signing Sancho, who has an astonishing goal involvement return at Dortmund.
Right wing has long been a problem position for Solskjaer, but the arrival of the England international should solve those issues.
In the central attacking midfield role will be Bruno Fernandes, who was United’s best player last season, scoring 28 goals and notching 17 assists in all competitions.
With Rashford ruled out, Pogba, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Dan James will fight it out for the left winger spot.
Greenwood has struggled when selected on the left, with Martial set to be allowed to leave this summer and James failing to impress Solskjaer so far.
That leaves Pogba, who spent much of last season selected on the left as Solskjaer attempted to find a space for him in the team.
Rounding off the United starting line-up will be Edinson Cavani, who impressed in the lone striker role last term.
Potential United line-up for opening day: Dean Henderson; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Fred, Scott McTominay; Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba; Edinson Cavani