By Mark Weasley
Manchester United have already signed Benfica defender, Victor Lindelof and are reportedly closing in on a deal for Nemanja Matic and Alvaro Morata to bolster their ranks for 2017/18 season. Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has become increasingly active in the transfer window, as he looks to wrest the title from former club, Chelsea’s grip. The Red Devils finished a distant 6th place, and are going all out for the title season. We take a look at the probable lineup for the 2017/18 season.
Manchester United have seemingly done all in our power to keep David de Gea, as Real Madrid have reportedly dumped their interest in the Spanish No 1. The 26-year-old goalkeeper is expected to keep his place for next season, as he is one of the best players in the world in that position.
Netherlands international, Daley Blind towards the end of last season, performed admirably and looks to have finally earned the trust of Jose Mourinho. Luke Shaw is expected to leave the club after a disastrous campaign. In the heart of the defence, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof should reign supreme. Ivorian international, Eric Bailly impressed in his first season in English football and is expected to form a very good partnership with Lindelof, who got signed in the early part of the transfer window. In the right back department, Antonio Valencia should start ahead of any other player as his attitude, drive and passion is in line with his manager’s demands.
The potential signing of Nemanja Matic means that Paul Pogba will be free from his defensive shackles, as the world record holder struggled to impose himself in his first season in English football. Matic will be the specialist anchorman, sweeping up opposition play, while a little further forward, Ander Herrera is expected to provide balance in a midfield trio. The 27-year-old Spanish international has consistently improved since his move three years ago, and was exceptional last season.
The exit of Zlatan Ibrahimovic has meant that there is a huge vacuum to be filled, and Alvaro Morata has been touted as the man to help launch an assault on the league. Either side of him should be Juan Mata and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Mata, who was initially feared to be surplus to requirements, impressed his manager, while Mkhitaryan also improved after struggling in the earlier part of last season with his adaptability concerns.
Probable lineup: De Gea, Blind, Lindelof, Bailly, Valencia, Matic, Pogba, Herrera, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Morata