Having ended the campaign on a rather underwhelming note, Manchester United have been understandably busy in the transfer market this summer as they look to revitalise the squad.
The club have already confirmed the signings of Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in recent weeks, and look intent on splashing more cash before they take on Chelsea in their opening Premier League game of the season.
As the transfer deadline approaches next month, just how will Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team shape-up for that mouth-watering clash against the Blues? We’ve had a go at predicting how they might look.
Despite reports in recent months over suggestions contract talks have stalled between David de Gea and United, the Spaniard will likely retain his no.1 spot come the beginning of the season. He had some rather surprising rough patches last season, but as they say: ‘form is temporary, class is permanent’.
In front of him, United’s defence looks revamped with the already confirmed addition of England U21 international Wan-Bissaka. Along with Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw, Leicester centre-back Harry Maguire could become the leader of the side’s back-four if the transfer saga surrounding him at the moment ends up well for the Manchester side.
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After enjoying a meteoric rise at Newcastle last year, Sean Longstaff could be another home-grown star United sign this summer to really refresh their side, with Solskjaer eyeing a move for the Geordie.
Next to him in that holding role, Fred will have to show the kind of consistent form that convinced the club to fork out big-money for him last summer, or his United career could end very sourly indeed.
Further forward is where United fans will surely start to get excited. Daniel James was the first man to walk through the Old Trafford doors this summer and whilst the 21-year-old is a huge talent, he may have to settle for a place on the bench as Solskjaer eases him into Premier League football.
That should mean Anthony Martial gets a run from the left-hand side, whilst on the opposite flank, Jesse Lingard will be backed to reproduce the kind of form that marked the early months of Solskjaer’s reign.
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In that number ten role, Paul Pogba’s potential departure would leave a massive hole in the United midfield, but if reports are to be believed, the club could be preparing a major statement of their own by signing Sporting sensation Bruno Fernandes.
The Portugal international scored 32 times last season and could give the Red Devils a major goal threat from midfield, and well and truly replace Pogba.
Up top, Romelu Lukaku looks set to join Inter, which should give Marcus Rashford the keys to the kingdom in the iconic number nine position. Having signed a bumper new deal, the England international will be expected to fire United back to the promised land of Champions League football next year.