Five EURO 2016 Group F stars Man United should target this summer

Manchester United are riding a three-year Premier League title drought,which equals the longest in the club’s storied history. Jose Mourinho walks into a situation with monumental expectations.

‘The Special One’ has plenty of recruiting to do, and he doesn’t have to look any further than the EUROs. Group F, comprised of Portugal, Austria, Hungary and Iceland, in particular holds potential targets.

Portugal boast the most talent of these squads, and some Portuguese players have already been the subjects of transfer rumours. Mourinho should focus on these FIVE players from Group F as he enters his first season at Old Trafford…

Cristiano Ronaldo

Football - Argentina v Portugal - International Friendly - Old Trafford, Manchester, England - 18/11/14 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Jason Cairnduff EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

As if acquiring legendary manager Mourinho wasn’t enough to make headlines this off-season, imagine if Ronaldo joined him? Arguably the world’s top player, Ronaldo officially broke out onto the scene at Old Trafford and has elevated himself from being a promising winger to a fearsome all-round attacking force. If the Real Madrid ace returns, which is far from expected, expect one of the most lucrative deals in history to take place.

João Mario

Joao Mario

United have shown interest in the Portuguese midfielder, and for good reason. Mario is only 23-years-old, a brilliant playmaker and an ideal replacement for many of the ageing Man United midfielders.

David Alaba

David Alaba

His transition from defence to midfield was effortless. Alaba is one of the world’s top players and undoubtedly Austria’s most dominant force. However, with Real Madrid showing interest in Alaba, acquiring him will take plenty of doing and money, of course.

Joao Moutinho

Football - Portugal v Ghana - FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 - Group G - Estadio Nacional, Brasilia, Brazil - 26/6/14 Ghana's Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (L) in action with Portugal's Joao Moutinho Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Andrew Couldridge Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

Moutinho is a consummate midfielder whose passing is pinpoint and shooting dangerous. With Man United’s Bastian Schweinsteiger and Juan Mata ageing and struggling to maintain pace, restructuring the midfield is a top priority for Mourinho.

Adam Nagy

More of a long-term investment, Nagy is only 20-years-old but has shown an ability to pass and operate in tight areas. Man United’s midfielders are slowing down, and restructuring is needed. The Hungarian has potential to play in a top league.

 


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