Manchester United approached the summer transfer window with serious ambition.
Jadon Sancho’s £73m move To Old Trafford he was signed and stamped and Raphael Varane is also through the door from Real Madrid.
United are still hoping to get Kieran Trippier for around £20m – despite Atletico Madrid wanting more – given that his contract in the Spanish capital expired in less than 12 months. Continental interest in Diogo Dalot It could mean United’s return to the market for Trippier, who has been impressed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for some time, to bring more competition to Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back.
With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at three different ways United could line up with Sancho, Varane and Trippier in the starting line-up.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Favorite line-up from last season saw Fred and Scott McTominay pivot at the midfield base, with Bruno Fernandes in the No. 10 round. Paul Pogba played some of his best left-footed football earlier in the year, and early this season against Leeds – that’s It is the most logical position for him in this system.
The right side of the four defenders is comprised entirely of new signings, with Varane and Trippier lined up, with Sancho up front and Edinson Cavani at the top of the summit.
It has been extensively reported this season that Solskjaer is keen to implement a regular 4-3-3 attacking system this season, although this has not been the case against Leeds and Southampton.
This would suit Pogba on the ground, given his impressive performance in a similar squad to France at Euro 2020. Pogba plays centrally and one of Fred’s withdrawals or McTominay allows Marcus Rashford to enter on the left flank.
If they don’t sign a new midfielder this summer – and it seems unlikely they will before the deadline – McTominay may overtake Fred as the single most capable anchor, although the Brazilian shouldn’t be left out after his impressive Copa América show with Brazil.
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This is the formation that Solskjaer prefers when his team wants to play on the counter-attack.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka has the defensive intelligence to work, or at least be tried, in three defenses, with Trippier and Shaw at full-back. Victor Lindelof could always play the role of the third central defender.
This formation sees the return of the McTominay-Fred axis, with Fernandes behind a pair of Mason Greenwood and Rashford, although he leaves Sancho, Pogba and Cavani.