With just one addition needed before the start of the season, according to Jose Mourinho, many Man United fans will be analysing the pieces of the puzzle in an attempt to discover just how the new side at Old Trafford will line-up.
With three new faces arriving at the club already and another, more familiar face also set to join, there is bound to be some changes from the Van Gaal era which often produced performances that were the direct antithesis of the “United way”.
Jose Mourinho will not only look to implement his style of play onto the team but will also be fully aware of the repercussions should his side produce “boring” football. The Portuguese manager may be stubborn but will adapt to suit the needs of the club that he has always wanted to manage.
With just under three weeks to go before the new season begins, we take a look at how Manchester United could line-up when they face Bournemouth on the opening day…
The best goalkeeper in the Premier League will continue his ever-impressive form into the Jose Mourinho era at Old Trafford. The 25-year-old could flourish even further under the guidance of Mourinho, who managed to turn Petr Cech from a relative unknown, to the world’s best in two seasons.
It was hardly the debut season that Matteo Darmian would have liked at Old Trafford. However, the Italian impressed at the European Championships last month and may be just ahead of Timothy Fosu-Mensah in United’s pecking order at right back.
The lynchpin of Manchester United’s defence for the last three seasons, Chris Smalling continues to improve every season. Jose Mourinho is the perfect man to take Smalling’s career to the next level as the Englishman will likely be a key figure in the new era at United.
Many were surprised to see Manchester United shell out £30 million for Eric Bailly in June. Considering the 22 year old doesn’t even have 50 professional games under his belt, the transfer fee is pretty astounding. However, Bially is lightning quick, a strong tackler and looks to have all of the assets to become a solid Premier League defender.
Young Luke Shaw was arguably the most impressive player at United last season before succumbing to a double leg fracture in September. Now back to full fitness, the 21-year-old will likely be thrust back into first team action.
With the plethora of talent in United’s midfield, it is hard to deduce exactly who Jose Mourinho will select to start the season. However, Morgan Schneiderlin seems to be the most likely fit into this United team. His impressive stamina and solid defensive work will likely see him employed as a defensive minded midfielder.
The most expensive transfer deal in history looks set to be completed over the next two weeks as Paul Pogba returns to Manchester United from Juventus. The 23-year-old has developed into one of the best midfielders in the world and Jose Mourinho is keen to bring the Frenchman in to complete his squad for the summer.
One of the new faces at Manchester United, Henrikh Mkhitaryan will likely start the season on the right wing as Jose Mourinho looks to deploy quick, energetic goal scorers on the flanks. The 27-year-old has already impressed during pre-season and could be one to watch this season.
Despite featuring as a central midfielder for both Manchester United and England in 2016, Jose Mourinho has insisted that he will play Wayne Rooney in a more advanced position, as his natural ability for scoring goals is essential to the success of the team. Rooney will likely be deployed just behind a natural number 9 at Old Trafford.
Many were critical of Louis Van Gaal’s decision to insist on playing Anthony Martial in a wide position. However, the Frenchman has grown into the role and will likely start on the left under Mourinho.
Zlatan. King. God. Whatever you want to call Manchester United’s new signing, there is one thing for certain; he will be starting the new season as the frontman at Old Trafford. The Swede’s goal scoring record is nothing short of incredible and if he can replicate his form over the last decade for another season, it could be a good year to be a United fan.