Manchester United’s summer transfer window of 2021 will be remembered for many years to come following the arrivals of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.
The job of fitting the club’s new and existing talent into one harmonious, successful team falls to their popular if controversial manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Under the Norwegian tactician, United have made substantial progress, achieving consecutive top-four finishes in the Premier League for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, yet a first major trophy in four years still eludes them.
With only Dan James exiting Old Trafford, the Red Devils have their strongest squad available for several seasons, and the pressure for Solskjaer to finally deliver some silverware is growing by the week.
Many players will be vying for a place in the starting XI as United aim to return to their former glory this term, meaning some talented stars may face the axe.
With that in mind, this is how Football FanCast expects the 48-year-old to line up his best XI following the conclusion of the summer transfer window…
In goal, David de Gea should get the nod over Dean Henderson following an impressive start to the new campaign. The Spain international’s outstanding double save over the weekend helped United to three precious points, and he’s expected to keep his place between the sticks for the foreseeable future.
Ahead of De Gea is set to be a rather familiar-looking back four only with one major addition. Former Real Madrid centre-back Varane replaced the £120k-a-week earning Victor Lindelof for the win against Wolves, and his impressive debut is likely to see him keep his place alongside Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in defence.
The engine room could be occupied by a trio of Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba, although Fred may be expected to come back into the mix when Solskjaer feels the need to tighten things up – he averages the most tackles per game of any United player this season in the Premier League.
In attack, the injured Marcus Rashford is set for an extended spell on the sidelines, meaning Sancho and Mason Greenwood are set to occupy the wings, while Ronaldo takes charge upfront.
That will leave Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard as exciting options off the bench, meaning United must fancy their chances of securing a long-awaited 21st English title come May.