Manchester United appear to still be interested in signing Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele, despite missing out on a deal for the France international back in the summer transfer window. And he’s not the only player on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s radar, with the 48-year-old also hoping to land a centre-back, holding midfielder and striker this summer. So Express Sport will now take a look at how the Red Devils could look if all of his wishes are granted by the club’s hierarchy.
While United still have David De Gea on their books, there’s a growing argument for Dean Henderson to start most matches instead.
The England international has done well between the sticks when called upon this term, leading to widespread praise as a result.
And United will likely feel more inclined to pick Henderson next term than De Gea because of his young age and room to improve.
With De Gea, there’s a sense he’s past his best.
So we expect Henderson to be the club’s No 1 come the start of next season.
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Defence: Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Varane, Shaw
United’s defence, for the most part, picks itself these days.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire are both undroppables at Old Trafford – and have been since arriving from Crystal Palace and Leicester respectively back in 2019.
Luke Shaw has been reborn this season, with the England international now establishing himself as one of the best left-backs in the Premier League.
But United want to sign a new centre-back.
And Raphael Varane has long been their dream target, with reports suggesting he could be primed to quit Real Madrid this summer.
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Midfield: Rice, McTominay, Fernandes
United still haven’t tied Paul Pogba down to a new contract and, as a result, a summer exit is looking increasingly likely.
And the Red Devils could move to sign Declan Rice from West Ham as a replacement.
Solskjaer, John Murtough and Darren Fletcher all thinks the Hammers midfielder would be a good asset for the club, despite his big price tag.
So, if he joins, he’d likely play alongside Scott McTominay.
And that would allow United to keep Bruno Fernandes in the No 10 position.
Forwards: Dembele, Haaland, Rashford
United have long struggled with right wingers – but that problem could be solved if Dembele arrives.
The Barcelona star would represent an experienced alternative to the likes of Mason Greenwood and Daniel James, who still struggle for consistency.
And, if all goes to plan, United will land Erling Haaland.
The Norwegian is Solskjaer’s dream target and a summer switch to Old Trafford is certainly feasible.
On the left wing would be Marcus Rashford, who walks into the side with ease.
While United want to bolster their squad this summer, Solskjaer has struck a cautious tone when talking about transfers.
“[The pandemic] is definitely affecting everyone in football. Of course the lack of income, the finances have affected everyone,” he said.
“We have to be realistic and responsible in the way we do our business both on and off the pitch. There are improvements on the training ground, stadium – we have to look at the whole picture.
“Where can we spend the money? And how much is there? It’s just the real world now. It has changed.”
He then added: “You can look at it different ways [with a] rebuild. We also have players in the academy that we now can maybe give opportunities.
“All clubs in the world are going through the same situation so it’s no different for other clubs than for us. I think there’s just going to be less and less transfers happening in the world of football with all these changes.”