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19 July 2017

Manchester United and Jose Mourinho have not finished their summer spending… and here’s how they could line-up

MANCHESTER UNITED have already spent well over £100million this summer to sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton and Swedish defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica.

But Jose Mourinho’s spending won’t stop there.

Jose Mourinho is wasting no time in strengthening his Manchester United squad
Jose Mourinho is wasting no time in strengthening his Manchester United squad
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United have already forked out £75million to bring Romelu Lukaku to Old Trafford
United have already forked out £75million to bring Romelu Lukaku to Old Trafford
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The Red Devils are believed to be on the brink of completing a £40million-plus deal for Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic.

They are also interested in Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic.

Meanwhile, there could also be one or two departures from Old Trafford.

Winger Ashley Young has been targeted by Stoke City while Chris Smalling is interesting Arsenal.

And with that in mind, United could be looking like a new look side.

Our friends at Football Whispers have taken a look at how United could line up this coming season.

Manchester United want to sign Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan
Manchester United want to sign Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan
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United are also interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic
United are also interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic
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Goalkeeper – David de Gea

United had to fend off interest from Real Madrid for the second time in three years to hang onto de Gea this summer, and the European champions might yet make another attempt to sign the Spanish No.1.

But keeping de Gea is crucial for the Red Devils. As one of the best goalkeepers in the world, he transmits confidence and calmness throughout the team.

David De Gea looks set to be staying at Manchester United
David De Gea looks set to be staying at Manchester United
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United have purchased Swedish defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica
United have purchased Swedish defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica
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Eric Bailly enjoyed an impressive first campaign at United last season
Eric Bailly enjoyed an impressive first campaign at United last season
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Right-back – Antonio Valencia

Converted from a winger into a full-back, Valencia was a revelation for United last season, producing the best form of his career and developing into one of the best right-backs in the Premier League.

Strong on defence an effective on attack, the Ecuadorian contributed one goal and three assists last term.

Centre-back – Eric Bailly

Arriving from Villarreal as a relative unknown with a £30million price tag, eyebrows were raised when Bailly signed for United last summer.

But he 23-year-old Ivory Coast defender has impressed at Old Trafford with his speed, athleticism and commitment, and looks to have all the tools to form the bedrock of the Red Devils’ backline for years to come.

Manchester United and Jose Mourinho have not finished their summer spending… and here's how they could line-up

Centre-back – Victor Lindelof

First linked with a switch to the red side of Manchester in January, Lindelof had to wait until the summer to become a United player, signing from Benfica in a £31million deal.

Physically strong, fast and good in the air, Lindelof’s biggest strength is his outstanding forward passing. The 23-year-old Swede completed 89.9 per cent of his passes in the Portuguese Primeira Liga last season.

Left-back – Luke Shaw

Shaw endured a difficult 2016/17 campaign, with injury and poor form seeing him fall out of favour with Mourinho, making just nine Premier League starts.

Currently injured, the 21-year-old left-back is said to have impressed the manager with his commitment and work ethic in recent weeks and will be given the chance to deliver on his enormous potential in the coming season.

Big things are expected of Paul Pogba again this season
Big things are expected of Paul Pogba again this season
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United are closing in on a deal for Inter's Ivan Perisic
United are closing in on a deal for Inter's Ivan Perisic
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Romelu Lukaku has already netted his first goal for United
Romelu Lukaku has already netted his first goal for United
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Right central midfield – Ander Herrera

Voted United’s Player of the Year last season, Herrera is a fan favourite who has become increasingly important to Mourinho’s side.

No Premier League midfielder could beat Herrera’s average of three interceptions per 90 minutes in 2016/17. He also led 20-time champions in assists last term, creating six league  goals, a figure only Anthony Martial could match.

Central midfield – Nemanja Matic

Acquiring a new defensive midfielder is one of Mourinho’s priorities this summer and he looks to be turning to a familiar face to fill the position.

The Portuguese coach won the Premier League with Matic anchoring the Chelsea midfield in 2014/15 and the Blues’ capture of Tiemoue Bakayoko could mean the Serbian enforcer is surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.

Here's our player profile of new Manchester United star Victor Lindelof

Left central midfield – Paul Pogba

Pogba came in for a lot of criticism for his performances last season, but the world’s most expensive player was excellent for much of the campaign and produced a healthy return of nine goals and six assists in all competitions.

With a specialist defensive midfielder behind him the 24-year-old is expected to build on his first campaign back at Old Trafford to fulfil his immense potential in 2017/18.

Right wing – Henrikh Mkhitaryan

After being exiled from the first-team squad following a disappointing display against Manchester City in September, Mkhitaryan recovered to become a key player in United’s Europa League triumph.

The 28-year-old Armenian creator bagged six goals in the Europa League last season, including an overhead kick in the final against Ajax.

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Left wing – Ivan Perisic

United are on the verge of completing a move for Perisic for a fee which could total more than £40million.

The Croatian winger is hard-working and offers cover to his full-back, as well as being effective in attack, contributing 11 goals and eight assists in Serie A last season.

Centre-forward – Romelu Lukaku

In the biggest deal of the transfer window so far, United moved quickly to snap up Lukaku, who had been a Chelsea transfer target.

The Powerful Belgian striker will replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the point of the attack.

With 26 league goals and a conversion rate of 22 per cent, Lukaku was a much more efficient finisher than the enigmatic Swede last season, who took just 15 per cent of his chances.


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