Manchester United finished 6th in the Premier League last season, a disappointing end to last season’s league campaign, which was compensated by the club winning the Europa League, ensuring that the Red Devils qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The Red Devils have already signed Benfica defender, Victor Lindelof and are closing in on a deal for Chelsea midfielder, Nemanja Matic and Real forward, Alvaro Morata. We take a look at what promises to be a formidable United squad for next season.
David de Gea is expected to remain at the club despite another transfer window of interest from Real Madrid. The 26 year old is highly rated and respected by manager, Jose Mourinho who is not keen on doing his former club any favours by selling one of his best players.
The signing of Sweden defender, Lindelof means that United have a formidable central defensive partnership in view. The 22-year-old centre back is expected to form a superb partnership with Ivory Coast international, Eric Bailly, who impressed in his first season at the club despite injury concerns.
On the right hand side of defence, Antonio Valencia should still hold sway as his skill set of power and pace proved too much for opposition players last season. At left back, Daley Blind should be first choice as Marcos Rojo is still out injured and Luke Shaw is expected to leave the club after his manager grew frustrated with his attitude.
United’s imminent capture of Serbian powerhouse, Nemanja Matic means that the defensive shackles placed on Paul Pogba is to be reduced, as he will have more opportunity to display his technical skills further up the field as part of a midfield trio.
Pogba struggled in his first season back in English football but impressed towards the end of the season, and also playing very well for France in the international break. Ander Herrera completes the triumvirate, as he offers balance to the midfield with his drive and commitment.
In the attack, Mata and Mkhitaryan are to be first choices on the flanks. Both players enjoyed personal campaigns last term after difficult starts, but sufficiently impressed their manager with their desperation to improve, impress and play to the letter of his tactical decisions. Upfront, the no 9 jersey is waiting for Alvaro Morata as he is close to signing, after the expiration of the contract of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who suffered a nasty knee injury in April.