Manchester United have made a huge statement this summer with the signing of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.
The England international will add another dynamic to their impressive attack having impressed during his time in Germany. Sancho is both a playmaker and goalscorer down the wings.
United were runners-up in both the Premier League and UEFA Europa League last season and are looking to strengthen their side to challenge Manchester City for the title this upcoming season.
One of those weak points in recent seasons has been at centre-back, with Victor Lindelof not living up to expectations and Eric Bailly being constantly sidelined.
Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford, with various outlets suggesting the French centre-back will be on his way to the Red Devils this summer.
Should the record champions of England wrap up a deal for the 28-year-old, here is how they could line up in 2021-22:
Goalkeeper: Dean Henderson
Dean Henderson replaced David de Gea at the end of last season as he appears to be the number one at Manchester United now. United have been plagued by de Gea howlers for the past couple of seasons.
Defence: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw
Aaron Wan-Bissaka is one of the best defensive right-backs in world football right now, though does lack in the final third when going forward. On the opposite flank, Luke Shaw was one of the stars at Euro 2020 and is both adept defensively and putting crosses into the box.
Rapahel Varane would be a huge addition in central defence for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, whilst Harry Maguire is coming off a good season and European Championships. Which makes it a little surprising to see last season’s runners-up all the way back as 8/1 fourth favourites to win the Premier League title, according to PointsBet Illinois.
Midfield: Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes
Fans still want an upgrade in the holding midfield role, and Rennes Eduardo Camavinga is being linked as a successor to Scott McTominay here. In possession though, United have no problems – Bruno Fernandes has been one of the top players in the Premier League over the past 18 months, whilst Paul Pogba can shine on his day.
There’s still room for improvement here though. Nemanja Matic is still on the books as a backup but has started to look past it in recent seasons. Fred can be prone to conceding possession inside his own half too.
Attack: Jadon Sancho, Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford
Solskjaer has a number of options in attack now, with Edinson Cavani proving his worth in the second half of the last campaign. The Uruguayan is a natural goalscorer in the central striker role. This has forced Marcus Rashford out on the left wing, where he is capable of playing good balls into the box, scoring goals and starting counter-attacks. Jadon Sancho can do all that on the right wing too. ProvenQuality have been big fans of the former Manchester City youth during his time with Borussia Dortmund.
In backup to this trio, Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood, Juan Mata and Daniel James aren’t bad to rotate into the side.