How Man Utd’s 25 man squad for next season would look like with four new signings
Manchester United are bracing themselves for a big summer transfer window, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hoping Ed Woodward can bolster his squad with some new recruits at the end of the season. Woodward has already vowed to back the Norwegian, who is eyeing Premier League title glory next term. Express Sport now takes a look at how United’s 25 man squad could look like next season if they get their preferred targets through the door.
Goalkeepers: De Gea, Henderson, Romero
United currently plan to stick by David De Gea, despite the Spain international enduring a troublesome campaign.
And they’re hoping that, despite his ambitions, Dean Henderson will choose to stay at Old Trafford and battle for his place.
That seems fanciful but that’s what United want – and that would mean Sergio Romero becoming third-choice.
Of the three, Romero is the likeliest to leave Old Trafford for good.
The Argentina international has been a safe pair of hands ever since his 2015 arrival but is beginning to feel the time is right for a new challenge elsewhere.
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Defenders: Maguire, Lindelof, Bailly, De Ligt, Tuanzebe, Wan-Bissaka, Dalot, Shaw, Williams
United are happy with their defence, who have kept nine clean sheets from their last 11 matches in all competitions.
But Solskjaer still wants a centre-back and Matthijs de Ligt has emerged as the Norweigan’s preferred option.
The Dutchman has struggled at Juventus ever since his blockbuster move from Ajax during the summer transfer window.
And United are ready to offer him an escape route, with relations with Mino Raiola improving in recent times.
Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are set to be shown the door. The former is a target for Arsenal while Jones is interesting Newcastle.
And the prospect of having De Ligt, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Diogo Dalot, Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams is certainly exciting.
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Midfielders: Fred, McTominay, Matic, Fernandes, Mata, Grealish
United have been planning for Paul Pogba to leave – and for Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish to be his replacement.
Grealish recently made headlines when he breached isolation rules in order to go to a friend’s house.
But United are still expected to sign the 24-year-old in a transfer deal that could rise to as much as £80million.
Pogba could go in a swap deal involving De Ligt.
And that means United would have a plethora of different midfielders at their disposal, particularly if Grealish signs.
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Forwards: Rashford, Martial, James, Ighalo, Greenwood, Sancho, Dembele
United feel Jadon Sancho will sign on the dotted line from Borussia Dortmund.
They’re willing to make him their highest-earner and also offer him the iconic No 7 shirt, last worn by Alexis Sanchez.
United are likely to sign Odion Ighalo permanently but, irrespective of that, want another striker.
And Solskjaer is a huge admirer of Moussa Dembele.
The Lyon star has been prolific this season, finding the net 16 times from 27 Ligue 1 matches.
And, though Chelsea are also eyeing a deal for the France international, Solskjaer feels the player would thrive at Old Trafford.
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