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Formation: Ole has commonly
used a 4-2-3-1 throughout all of pre season and so it should come as no surprise that this is what I will be using to layout the team.
Goalkeeper: This position picks itself. David De Gea has been one of the best goalkeepers over the last few years and even though he had a blip last season, he is undoubtedly the best goalkeeper at the club and will save us on many occasions as he has done in the past. Romero has also been reliable as a backup option and I am sure he will look good and sharp on the occasions he is needed.
Defenders: The defence is fairly straight-forward as both new signings Maguire and Wan-Bissaka go into the right back and centre back positions. The left back position obviously goes to Shaw who although was our POTY last season, will look to improve himself as an attacking outlet. The main point of discussion in the defence is the other centre back to partner Maguire. Lindelof is the obvious option with his ability to bring the ball out and make key interceptions being very helpful last season, but with the rise of Tuanzebe after a phenomenal season at Aston Villa, Lindelof will struggle to retain his position with Tuanzebe being quick and also possessing the same sort of ability as Lindelof on the ball, making him arguably a better partner for Harry Maguire. This will need to be settled quickly by Ole however, as building a relationship between centre backs is key. For me, Tuanzebe compliments the weaknesses of Maguire better than Lindelof can so I would prefer the youngster at centre back.
Midfield: Pogba is without doubt our most talented outfielder at the moment and so his place in a midfield pivot is an obvious one. Next to him in that pivot, in my opinion, should be McTominay. He has shown time and time again over recent times why Jose selected him as his player of the year. As he plays more and more we see him developing his game, switching the play at the right time and being capable of dropping deeper to allow Pogba to go forward from time to time. With Fred still looking an outcast and Matic looking past it, McTominay for me is the best option available to play alongside Pogba. Ahead of these two has been a key topic in the transfer window but after failing to bring in a number 10, I believe Lingard is the best option to play here. Whilst he may not be a great player technically, his ability of the ball to not only press but to drag the opposition defenders out of their position for other attackers is one that should not be under-estimated. Gomes will also have a look into this position however it may just be too early to be playing Gomes week in week out in the league. There is still one wildcard however, and his name is Alexis Sanchez. Whilst many Man Utd fans may believe he has nothing left to offer, I believe he could potentially become Manchester United’s new number 10. with a point to prove after a thoroughly disappointing career at Man Utd so far.
Attackers: At Manchester United we have two great talents in Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial who will have key roles to play in delivering goals an winning games. With the clinical nature of Martial, Ole should be playing him through the middle and Rashford on the left however due to the versatility of the two players this can change throughout the game, as can the position of the next attacker. With the exit of Lukaku looking a formality, a space in the Manchester United attack has opened up and due to not bringing in a right winger, this could be the perfect opportunity for Mason Greenwood to stake his claim to be a starter at Manchester United. His two-footed ability gives him great unpredictability and his shooting ability has also been shown at academy level as well as on the pre season tour with Greenwood notching a couple of goals. With him also being able to play striker showing great versatility for such a young prospect, he can make his name known worldwide this season. Other option for the attack include the likes of new signing Daniel James and Tahith Chong, and with the youthfulness of Greenwood perhaps encouraging rotating that right hand side, they will also look to get game time and make that right wing position their own.
Conclusion: Whilst the transfer window may not have gone as well as some people would have liked, there are still some good options in the squad and players with a point to prove or a name to make for themselves. Ole will have to manage his options, but whilst this squad still undergoes a long term rebuild, the squad is definitely good enough to challenge for the Top Four places and potentially bring Manchester United back into the Champions League.