Manchester United are interested in signing both Darwin Nunez and N’Golo Kante in this summer’s transfer window. The Benfica and Chelsea players are both admired by Erik ten Hag. So Express Sport will now take a look at how the Red Devils would line up if they’re able to bring the pair to Old Trafford this summer.
Goalkeeper: De Gea
David De Gea went into the season under pressure from Dean Henderson, having fallen down Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pecking order at times last season.
But, fast-forward to now, and it’s fair to say the Spain international is back to his best.
De Gea is set to be retrained by Ten Hag, having struggled to play out from the back in the past.
Yet he certainly won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
De Gea is primed to stay at United and could even become captain if Harry Maguire is stripped of the armband come the start of next season.
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Forwards: Sancho, Ronaldo, Nunez
Nunez has played through the middle of Benfica most of the time.
But he can also operate as a wide-forward and, therefore, goes into this team on the left.
Down the middle, Cristiano Ronaldo is still expected to play in the majority of United’s matches next season.
That’s despite the fact the 37-year-old is approaching the twilight moments of his career.
And, on the right, Ten Hag could unleash Jadon Sancho there – even if the former Borussia Dortmund star was mostly used on the opposite flank by Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick.
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Richard Arnold’s rallying cry
Speaking recently, meanwhile, United chief Richard Arnold urged fans to be patient with Ten Hag.
“Suffice to say, we are not happy with where we are in terms of performance on the pitch,” he said. “We are taking decisive action to improve things and there is huge commitment and passion across the club to return to where we think we belong – challenging for, and winning, titles.
“We feel confidence that change is coming because of the action being taken to drive long-term success.
“The appointment of Erik ten Hag was the most visible example of that action, and the most important.
“We’re pleased to have got that done early and we can’t wait for Erik to get started. Success won’t be achieved overnight but we are determined to get there, and we will be relentless in our efforts to achieve it.
“I would very much hope that all fans within Old Trafford approach next season with renewed optimism and confidence as we look forward to a fresh start under Erik ten Hag.”