How Manchester United Could Line-Up Next Season

How Manchester United Could Line-Up Next Season
Jul 11, 2017

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With the new Premier League season beckoning, fans of clubs will be wondering how their team is going to line-up for the new season with the new signings that have been brought to strengthen their squad over the summer months. Manchester United are no exception as they look to bring in the top class players that are needed to challenge for the Premier League and also be competitive in the Champions League, a competition that José Mourinho has won twice in his illustrious career.

The United boss will be looking to chase quality, rather than quantity for the upcoming season as he looks to improve on his debut league campaign at Old Trafford after a measly 6th place finish, with 15 draws being his downfall in his first season at the helm.

Mourinho is likely to implement a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3 formation as the new season arrives depending on the players he has for selection. but for this article, the 4-2-3-1 will be used to fit in the club’s potential transfer targets.

GK: David De Gea 

The Spanish shot-stopper has been a revelation ever since he joined from Atlético Madrid in 2011 and has become one of the world’s best goalkeepers in the process. With Real Madrid still rumoured to be sniffing around the Spaniard, Mourinho will be desperate to keep one of his key assets at the club due to the amount of points that he wins due to his ability to pull off saves at vital times for United, it will be difficult to take the number one position at United while De Gea is at the club for to foreseeable future.

RB: Antonio Valencia

Valencia was seen as deadwood by United fans during Louis Van Gaal’s tenure as manager as lacklustre performances put him under scrutiny over the past couple of seasons. Fast forward to this season and Valencia has had one of his best seasons yet in a United shirt with Mourinho seeming to get the best out of him at full-back something which Louis Van Gaal was not able to do.

He was one of the star players in his position in the Premier League last year putting in some solid performances in a red shirt giving him a new leaf of life in Manchester under Mourinho with been labelling by him as the best full-back in the world.

CB: Eric Bailly

Signed from Villarreal in the summer of 2016, Eric Bailly has been nothing short of impressive since his arrival at Old Trafford and has been a rock at the heart of the United defence with whoever he has been partnered with this season. The Ivorian looks like he will be a part of United’s backline for years to come at Old Trafford.

Bailly has fantastic physical attributes to be a top defender showing a no-nonsense attitude which has impressed fans who have watched him on a regular basis this season. If Bailly continues to improve beside a regular partner come next season, he could become one of the best defenders in world football.

CB: Victor Lindelöf

A recent addition from Benfica, the Sweden international is only 22-years-old and has achieved plenty in the game so far. Winning two Portuguese doubles and a U21 European Championship with Sweden in 2015, he has also gained 12 caps for the senior side since getting his first one in 2016.

A good reader of the game with a fantastic passing range, Lindelöf seems tipped to be the final piece in the jigsaw in terms of the centre-back pairing that Mourinho wants. The Swede could suit Bailly’s game well as the cool and composed defender that he is, leaving the Ivorian to be the destroyer of the pair with his aggressive and no-nonsense style.

LB: Matteo Darmian

Darmian’s Manchester United career got off to the best possible start after signing from Torino in the summer of 2015, putting in some solid performances in the opening months of his first season at Old Trafford. However, since then his development has some what gone downhill.

But towards the back end of last season, Darmian featured much more due to injuries to Luke Shaw and took his chance well, putting in some performances to prove that he does deserve to be Mourinho’s first team plan’s with the left-back position at the club lacking in depth.

CM: Fabinho

A player that United have been linked with heavily throughout the summer is Monaco’s Fabinho, who gained interest from top clubs all around Europe due to his exploits for the French club in the Champions League and Ligue 1.

A versatile player that can play in the centre of the park or at right-back, Fabinho would seem to look a good fit for United and would fit that deep playmaking role that Mourinho aims to obtain this summer. However, United will have to act fast if they want their man as Paris-Saint Germain are also in for the Brazilan, making it an interesting summer in the battle for his signature.

CM: Ander Herrera

A fan favourite at Manchester United, Ander Herrera has gone from strength to strength since joining from Spanish side Athletic Bilbao in the summer of 2014. His high energy and tough tackling style makes Herrera one of the toughest players to play against in the Premier League, with United fans tipping him to be captain at some stage during his United career.

RM: Henrikh Mkhitaryan

After being one of the bright sparks in world football in the season of 2015/2016, the Armenian midfielder’s start to life at Old Trafford wasn’t as he expected as he was left on the bench the majority of the time with rumours circulating that José Mourinho did not trust Mkhitaryan to perform on a week to week basis.

It wasn’t until late November where the Mkhitaryan really started to find his feet at United, with the Europa League being the main competition that he kept his best performances for scoring in almost every round in the knockout stages and a goal to boot in the final against Ajax.

However, it was his goal against Sunderland on Boxing Day that he got all the plaudits. A spectacular scorpion-kick against Sunderland, albeit offside, which earned goal of the month for December. The 28-year-old has been one of United’s breakout players of the season and will be looking to cement his place in the team come to the start of next season.

AM: Paul Pogba

Re-signed from Juventus for a world record fee of £89m, the Frenchman has come under a lot of criticism from media outlets due to him not living up to the price tag, with most of it unwarranted. Pogba has put in some excellent performances over the course of last season, scoring 9 goals and setting up 7 for his team-mates in all competitions, which isn’t too shabby for his first season in England.

The upcoming season for Pogba will be crucial as he will be the main man to make sure United challange for the Premier League title but also have a good run in the Champions League, the best is yet to come from the Frenchman and Mourinho will be hoping that he will be the man that will lead The Red Devils to their first league title since 2013.

LM: Ivan Perišić

The Croatian international has been linked with the Red Devils ever since the end of the European season with the saga seemingly never ending for both Manchester United and Inter. The Italian giants reportedly want €50 million for the wideman’s services.

Perišić can play on both the left or right, along with the capability to play the number 10 role. The 28-year-old’s fantastic work rate may one of the reasons Mourinho would be interested in his signature.

With the ability to use both feet along with an eye for goal, Perišić would be a great addition to the wingers that United have at their disposal, adding huge competition for the likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.

ST: Romelu Lukaku

One of United’s main targets for this summer was to replace Zlatan Ibrahimović with the 28 goals he scored for the Red Devils this season. The man who replaces him this summer is Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, who scored 26 goals in all competitions for the Toffees last season.

Lukaku, who looked like he would arrive at Chelsea during the summer transfer window, decided to opt for a move to join Mourinho at Manchester United. He will cost the club a staggering €75 million, but goals will be guaranteed by the former Everton forward next season.

A complete forward with still room to improve, Lukaku has taken the Premier League by storm ever since leaving Chelsea and joining Everton in the summer of 2014, hitting 20 goals in the last three seasons whilst at Goodison Park. A player who possesses plenty of pace and power, not to mention his deadly left-foot, Lukaku displayed last year that he has improved majorly since Mourinho sold him at Stamford Bridge.

Given he has bagged 15 goals plus at the likes of Everton and West Brom, it will be very exciting to see how many goals the Belgian can get while playing with the players United have under their belt, providing plenty of happy thoughts to Manchester United fans who’s side have been majorly lacking in goals as of late.



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    Seán says:

    Very interesting and well written

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