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How Manchester United could line-up with Antoine Griezmann, Adrien Rabiot and Jadon Sancho, but without Paul Pogba


Manchester United have always been an attractive club for players and that allure has increased greatly over the last couple of months.

The team’s fortunes have been transformed since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in the dugout and a finish in the top four this season is a real possibility.

Solskjaer has improved United markedly

Solskjaer has not been given the full-time job yet, but given the Norwegian has done so well it’s surely a matter of time before he becomes manager on a permanent basis.

United fans should therefore feel optimistic during the summer, especially with some of the top names in world football linked with moves to Old Trafford.

They are reportedly ‘front runners’ to sign Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann and have also been linked with fellow Frenchman Adrien Rabiot.

Former Manchester City winger Jadon Sancho is also rumoured to be on United’s radar as the England international’s stock continues to rise following his spectacular 2018/19 campaign with Borussia Dortmund.

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However, there are potential departures too with Paul Pogba claiming playing for Real Madrid under reappointed boss Zinedine Zidane would be a ‘dream’.

The Daily Star report Alexis Sanchez, Marcos Rojo and Antonio Valenica could leave in the summer so how might the Red Devils line up if all these rumours come to fruition?

Below you can see this possible Manchester United XI.


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United were a club who were suffering from an identity crisis under Mourinho, with the Portuguese’s sometimes ultra-defensive tactics conflicting with the attacking football they played during the glory days under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Solskjaer, who played under Ferguson between 1996-2007, has restored some of that positivity and there is a feeling among United fans that they’ve got their club back.

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Goalkeeper

If the club are to become title contenders again, they have to keep hold of David de Gea, whose deal was set to expires in June.

However, United activated a one-year extension on the Spaniard’s contract meaning he is likely to stay for another season.

De Gea is one of the world’s best goalkeepers

And United will be hoping they will have progressed enough during that time to convince him to extend his time at Old Trafford.

Defence

They’ll also have to improve in defence and ideally get a world class centre-back in.

Enter Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane, who is reportedly considering his future at the Bernabeu and United are one of the few clubs who could afford the player and his wages.

Varane won the World Cup with France last summer

He may only be 25 but his ability is so great that his effect on the defence could be similar to the effect Virgil van Dijk has had at Liverpool.

Meanwhile, Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof would be likely to be competing for the other spot while Luke Shaw and Ashley Young are solid full-back options.

Midfield

United fans won’t want to hear it, but they may have to prepare for life without Pogba as the Frenchman appears keen for a move to Madrid at some point in his career.

Pogba may well have his sights on Spain

It’s not clear when this will happen but if Pogba departs soon then United will have to change things up in midfield promptly.

And according to Calcio Mercato, Rabiot’s proposed move to Barcelona is looking doubtful due to his wage demands, putting United on red alert.

Should Rabiot come to England, he could play alongside Nemanja Matic in midfield, with the Frenchman having some licence to get forward.

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Attack

Up front is where the magic could really be happening, with Griezmann and Sancho joining Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku.

As already mentioned, United are ‘front runners’ to sign Griezmann and he would play in the no.10 role to link up well with the in-form Lukaku and Rashford, who can play in a wide role.

Griezmann is wanted by a number of clubs

The Evening Standard says United are free to pursue Sancho as there was no ‘United clause’ when he left Manchester City in 2017.

United are one of the few clubs who could afford his £100million price tag and to have an England player of his quality among their ranks could be something the club’s top brass consider greatly.

Is this how United could line up in the future?

 

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