Man Utd’s new-look XI for opening Brighton fixture with six new signings
Man Utd's 2022/23 Premier League Fixtures
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Manchester United’s first Premier League match under Erik ten Hag will be against Brighton after the fixtures were confirmed on Thursday. It promises to be a cracker at Old Trafford as the Dutchman seeks a winning start. So Express Sport will now take a look at how the Red Devils could line up for the match if they’re able to bring six fresh faces in this summer.
Goalkeeper: De Gea
A year ago, David De Gea was under immense pressure.
Having sometimes fallen behind Dean Henderson in the pecking order under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and toiling in the Europa League final, the veteran needed to bounce back.
And De Gea did exactly that, with the Spain international a shining light amid a shambolic campaign under both Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick.
He won’t be going anywhere this summer and is expected to be the club’s No 1 again.
Dean Henderson is likely to leave amid interest from Nottingham Forest, while Tom Heaton could end up joining the England shot-stopper out of the exit door.
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Defence: Dumfries, Timber, Varane, Shaw
While defence isn’t an immediate priority for United, Ten Hag still wants to bolster his backline.
That’s why they’re eyeing Denzel Dumfries, with rumours suggesting Inter Milan are ready to cut the Netherlands international loose.
United also admire Jurrien Timber, too.
While there have been claims he could stay at Ajax, the Netherlands international is being eyed having developed well under Ten Hag is recent years.
Should the duo both arrive, then it’s feasible they’ll be deployed alongside Raphael Varane and Luke Shaw.
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Midfield: De Jong, Eriksen, Fernandes
Ten Hag likes to play attacking football.
So a midfield trio of Frenkie de Jong, Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes would certainly excite the Old Trafford faithful.
De Jong is their top target, with the Barcelona star coming round to the idea of moving to the Premier League this summer having initially been wary.
And Eriksen is also being pursued after his short-term Brentford contract expired.
De Jong could operate the base of United’s midfield, with Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes then playing further ahead.
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Forwards: Antony, Ronaldo, Nkunku
United have Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford as options for their attack.
But with Ten Hag looking to mould the club in his own image, it’s feasible the Red Devils will add two more forwards to provide competition for places.
Antony has flourished under the Dutchman at Ajax and could go on the right wing, amid claims United have already bid for the Brazil international.
Christopher Nkunku would then go on the left, though his signing does admittedly seem ambitious given RB Leipzig’s reluctance to sell.
And, up top, Cristiano Ronaldo. Who else?
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Avram Glazer’s promise
Speaking recently, Avram Glazer insisted that United would ‘work hard’ to give Ten Hag the best possible chance of succeeding at Old Trafford.
The controversial co-owner of the club said: “It is a disappointing season.
“It’s a disappointing season for everyone and we’re going to work hard to make next season a better season.”
And he added: “We’ve always spent the money necessary to buy new players.”
The Glazers have, in fairness, splurged over £1billion on fresh faces in the years since Sir Alex Ferguson left.
But United need to make sure any new recruits fit the profile Ten Hag wants if he’s to succeed where the likes of Solskjaer, Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal and David Moyes have all failed.
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