In this article we explain how Ole Gunnar Solskajer’s new look Manchester United will lineup in the Premier League for 2019-20 season.
Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solksjær said at the end of last season that some players have played their last matches for the club.
Fans became excited with this proclamation and were expecting a summer of a squad reshuffle on the back of a frustrating 18/19 season which saw the Reds finishing sixth and losing 2-0 at home in their last game to relegated Cardiff City.
A host of players, including Bruno Fernandes, Harry Maguire and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic are continued to be linked to Old Trafford, but no deals appears likely to be on the verge of completion.
A few more acquisitions might end up in the Theater of Dreams before the closure of the transfer window, but it is unlikely to be to the satisfaction of expectant fans.
Here, we take a look at how Manchester United are likely to line up this season.
David De Gea is on the verge of penning a new contract which will see him earn £350,000-a-week, making him the highest paid goalkeeper in football history.
Sergio Romero is expected to stay on as his back-up, while Lee Grant is likely to stay on as third-choice, despite not making a single competitive appearance in the 18/19 season.
Kieran O’Hara has joined Burton Albion on loan, and other youngsters, Dean Henderson, 22, and Joel Pereira, 23, are expected to follow suit.
Man United are understood to need a solid center-half to partner Victor Lindelof at the back of the defense, with the likes of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling falling short of fans’ favor, and Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo being injury-prone.
Matthigs De Ligt and Harry Maguire have both been heavily linked to the Red Devils, but a move for either of them has failed to materialize; De Ligt preferring a move to Serie A champions, Juventus, while Leicester demanding on excess of €100m for their English international.
West Ham’s Issa Diop and Benfica’s Ruben Dias have been identified as options, but no talks have been held with their respective clubs.
With Rojo, Jones and Smalling signing contract extensions mid-season and Axel Tuanzebe recently penning a new 3-year deal, Manchester United might not sign a centre-half this season after all, seemingly leaving Axel Tuanzebe in pole position to be Ole’s first choice as Lindelof’s partner in the heart of defence.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah is believed to have no future in Man United and is expected to move on, though it is still left to be seen whether it will be in a loan or permanent deal.
New signing, Aaron Wan-Bissaka is going to be a straight entrant into the starting XI while Luke Shaw is expected to hold down his spot at left-back.
Ashley Young and Diogo Dalot, both of whom can play at either wings are expected to be back-ups, despite reports claiming that the Portuguese has been asked to look for new employers by the club.
Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay are already on the roster, but the Reds have highlighted Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff as a good addition, after impressing Red’s manager, Ole Gunnar Solksjær in the 18/19 season.
The Magpies have placed a price tag of £50m on the 21-year-old, however, in order to wade off suitors, but a fee in the region of £25m – £30m is expected to be agreed for the defensive midfielder, subsequently leading to a reduced role for Serbian, Nemanja Matic.
James Garner is likely to stay on as an option too.
Paul Pogba has already expressed his desire to leave Old Trafford, three seasons on after his £89m world record transfer from Juventus, and his agent, Mino Raiola has also claimed that they “are working on a transfer” for the World Cup winner.
Real Madrid has been tutted as his preferred destination but Juventus are also believed to be working towards re-signing the 26-year-old.
It’s a different story with other centre midfield options for the Reds however; Fred just entering the second year of his 5-year contract and “looking forward to the new season”, Andreas Pereira and Juan Mata both recently signing contract extensions.
However, it is very unlikely that Ole Gunnar Solksjær will be satisfied with these options, and a move for Sporting CP’s Bruno Fernandes has been on the cards for long.
While, the Portuguese reportedly has a £90m release clause in his contract, United are working to sign him for a lower price and has seen an offer of £35m rebuffed by the Portuguese club.
The Red Devils are unlikely to pay Bruno’s release clause however, but we believe that a fee in the region of £60m ought to be agreed in the coming weeks.
OGS is believed to be likely convert Scott McTominay to a CM after being reportedly impressed by the Scott in training.
If these reports are true, then a pairing of Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay is what we predict to be United’s first choice this season while Brazilian duo, Fred and Pereira are expected to be back-ups.
Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Alexis Sanchez are all expected to stay on. Martial just signed a new 5-year contract last season, while, no offer is likely to come in for the flop, Sanchez who saw his good Copa America campaign come to an end with an apparent hamstring injury in the 17th minute of the third place play-off against eventual winners, Argentina.
Martial is expected to be the first choice left winger, with Angel Gomes deputizing for him till the return of the Chilean, while £15m signing, Daniel James could pip Jesse Lingard to a starting spot in the right wing. Tahith Chong might be sent out on loan.
Rumors continue to swirl around Romelu Lukaku, with Inter Milan refusing to pay his £75m price tag until they are able to cash in on out-of-favor Mauro Icardi.
Antonio Conte is a big admirer of the Belgian, and tried to sign him during his time in Chelsea, before the striker opted for a move to Old Trafford instead.
Once Inter are able to get rid of Icardi, a move is very likely to materialize and Lukaku is expected to leave Old Trafford after just two seasons.
As a result of this, Marcus Rashford is expected to slot in the Manchester United lineup as the first choice striker this season after the 20-year-old English international signed a new contract which is reportedly worth £200-a-week.
Youth sensation, Mason Greenwood, is expected to play second-fiddle to Rashford. The youngster is fresh from a breakthrough season that saw him score 42 goals and provided a further 12 assists in 45 games for the youth teams.
His fine performance earned him three first team appearance in the 18/19 season and the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award.
Of course, Manchester United could complete a few more deals before the end of the transfer window, but this could be how Manchester United will lineup at the start of the 2019-20 season.