Is this Man United’s XI for next season with Lucas, Dier and more new signings?

first_img Centre back: Eric Bailly – Brought in last summer, Bailly quickly established himself as the Red Devils’ best centre-back. Though his season has been affected by injury, the youngster is sure to be even better next term. 11 Manchester United’s season is finally over, and it ended in success with the Europa League victory over Ajax.Jose Mourinho guided the Red Devils to two trophies in his debut season in charge (as well as winning the less impressive Community Shield), and ensured the Old Trafford club will be playing Champions League football next season.But that trophy haul will not be good enough next term, with Mourinho targeting Premier League and further European success.To do that, he needs to improve his squad, and United have been linked with a number of players ahead of the summer transfer window.talkSPORT collect some of the most likely rumours, and build a potential United starting XI for next season for Mourinho.You can see the team by clicking the right arrow, above… 11 Defensive midfield: Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) – Replacing Michael Carrick should be high on Mourinho’s list of priorities, and Dier has been targeted to fill the defensive midfield position. He has shown his talent in midfield, and is a truly top class destroyer who is also good with the ball at his feet. Being young and English is an added bonus, though any transfer fee will be astronomical. Goalkeeper: Sergio Romero – click the arrow to see the rest of the team – Romero has deputised for David de Gea superbly this season, and the rumours concerning De Gea’s exit from Old Trafford continue to increase in frequency. Should the Spaniard leave, Mourinho would likely have no problem keeping Romero as his number one for the next campaign. Centre midfield: Paul Pogba – After a slow start at Old Trafford, Pogba started to show his true talents towards the end of the campaign. United are much, much better when he is playing, and the France midfielder will be a guaranteed starter for the foreseeable future. Left back: Luke Shaw – Shaw has endured a disappointing season at Old Trafford, and has been the target of criticism from Mourinho many times this year. However, he is still young, and a full, injury-free campaign could allow him to finally establish himself as United’s first-choice left-back. Left forward: Anthony Martial – Martial has struggled at times this season, with his application and work rate criticised by Mourinho – though he remains a superb player. Like Shaw, he could come into his own next term, and would help form a fearful front three alongside Lucas Moura and Griezmann. 11 11 Centre forward: Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – Griezmann has consistently discussed his future in the last few months, with United expected to compete a deal for the France star. He would guarantee goals, and excelled under Diego Simeone – a manager whose football philosophy is remarkably similar to Mourinho’s. This is the one signing everyone believes will happen, and everyone wants TO happen. 11 11 Centre midfield: Ander Herrera – The choice of many fans to replace Wayne Rooney as club captain, Herrera has established himself as one of United’s most important players. Any team Mourinho creates will be built around Herrera in the middle of the park. 11 Right forward: Lucas Moura (Paris Saint-Germain) – Linked to the Red Devils by the Sun, United have reportedly opened talks with PSG to sign Brazil’s Lucas Moura. He was a target for Sir Alex Ferguson in 2012, and could finally be moving to Old Trafford. He would offer a world class attacking threat as part of Mourinho’s front three, and crucially, is consistent with his end product. A vital signing with United needing to improve their fortunes in front of goal. 11 11 Right back: Antonio Valencia – Handed a new two-year contract earlier this week, Valencia was arguably United’s best player of the 2016/17 season; he was certainly the most consistent. There would be no point replacing one of the best right-backs in the division. 11 11 Centre back: Michael Keane (Burnley) – Expected to be brought back to Old Trafford this summer, having excelled for Burnley since leaving United, initially on loan, in 2014. Sky Sports claim the Red Devils are keen to sign their former youth play back up, and he could be available for fairly cheap as he only has one year remaining on his contract. last_img