In Sports by stephen abiodun on the 13th, February, 2020

How Manchester United starting XI could look on first day of next season

The revelation from Germany that Jadon Sancho wants to leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season set tongues wagging on Wednesday.

Sancho, 19, is into his third season at the Westfalenstadion and each has been better than the last. It is only February and he has already directly contributed to as many goals this season (32) as he did across the entirety of the previous campaign.

Manchester United are long-term admirers of Sancho from his time in City’s academy and will likely pursue a deal for him this summer.

His attainability will depend largely on what United can offer him on the pitch, with qualification for next season’s Champions League in the balance. United managed to lure Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford after dropping into the Europa League in 2016 but, realistically, the club’s chances of landing Sancho will diminish greatly if they fail to finish in the top four or win Europe’s secondary competition

If United get their hands on Sancho, they will be solving a problem they have had for almost a decade. Not since the 2011-12 season, when Antonio Valencia and Nani were battling it out for the right-wing berth under Sir Alex Ferguson, have United had a right winger of the required quality to represent the club.

In midfield, Jack Grealish is high on United’s list of targets along with James Maddison of Leicester and Ajax’s Donny van de Beek. Grealish would command a hefty fee but he boasts plenty of attributes lacking in this current United group; he is creative and, equally importantly, he is a leader.

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If Aston Villa go down this season, Grealish will have to leave. Maddison, meanwhile, is in negotiations over a new contract at Leicester, where he is almost guaranteed to be playing in the Champions League next term. Van de Beek recently said he could stay at Ajax for another year.

Of the players United are interested in, Sancho and Grealish are two who would unquestionably go straight into United’s starting XI at the beginning of next season.

How United’s team could look at the beginning of the 2020-21 season

Reinforcements in defence are not required after the acquisitions of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire last summer. United’s foundations are solid and they have kept clean sheets in seven of their last 13 games.

Further forward, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford will almost certainly start United’s first game of the 2020-21 campaign, providing the former doesn’t flop spectacularly during his first few months in England.

Anthony Martial is being harshly judged at the moment but he has shown enough this term to suggest he could develop into a striker worthy of leading the line for United. The Frenchman’s performances have been criticised of late but it is no coincidence his slump has coincided with Rashford’s absence.

Martial has been tasked to play through the middle but is feeding off scraps from wingers that are out of form or wingers that are not wingers. He also doesn’t have a decent playmaker to work with.

The final decision regards who partners Fernandes in a midfield two. The choice will likely be between Fred and Scott McTominay, with Paul Pogba’s future at the club looking increasingly uncertain.

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Fred has gone from strength to strength this season and he gets the nod, for now.

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