After what could be described as an embarrassing season by the clubs standards, Manchester United will look to build their squad by bringing in some new reinforcements to return to winning ways. We look at the most perfect starting 11 for United next season if all their transfer targets were to sign for the club this summer.
GK, David De Gea
Caretaker player-manager Ryan Giggs recently said that David de Gea is the only United player who is in better form than in last year's title winning season. The Spaniard has kept 12 clean sheets this season and has made some crucial saves throughout the campaign. Still at a young age, he still has lots of potential and continues to develop every season. He is slowly making a name for himself and has one of the Premier League's safest pair of hands.
RB, Phil Jones
Whoever is to succeed Ryan Giggs after his short term as United manager will certainly be looking to strengthen the Red Devils back line as they have been a cause for concern this season. In my opinion Phil Jones has shown his strength at the right back position with both power and speed, and in this line-up would be the only defender featuring from the current season in the starting 11.
CB, Mats Hummels
With club legends Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand set to move on from the club this summer, United will be after a rock solid defender of the same calibre as they once were. Potential manager Louis van Gaal has identified the German star as the defensive rock on which he will rebuild Manchester United.
CB, Ezequiel Garay
Manchester United are rumoured to be close to agreeing a deal for the highly-rated Benfica centre-back who has been a long-term target at Old Trafford. Garay has proven he can play at the top level with Benfica and in his 18 senior caps for Argentina, including nine caps in their World Cup qualifying campaign. He has been an important figure this season for Benfica who won the league and sit 7 points clear at the top of the table with 2 games left.
LB, Luke Shaw
Recently included in the PFA Team of the Season at just the mere age of 18, Luke Shaw is an increasingly bright talent in english football and is looking to push his way into England's world cup squad. Helping to keep 13 clean sheets for Southampton this season, Shaw is defensively solid and is also dangerous down the left wing in the offensive third of the pitch.
CM, Kevin Strootman
Under the assumption that Toni Kroos will not be leaving Bayern Munich this summer after a statement from his agent, United should turn their attention towards Serie A side Roma's Kevin Strootman. The Dutch International, 24, emerged as a rock in the centre of Roma's midfield this season in what has been a very impressive campaign. He flaunts great vision, can tackle powerfully, is strong in the air and also possesses an eye for goal.
CM, William Carvalho
Carvalho's all-action display just recently helped Sporting secure champions league football next season. The 22-year-old further enhanced his reputation as a tough-tackling midfielder with an eye-catching challenge where he managed to win the ball cleanly and leave two opposition players on the ground.The Sporting Lisbon defensive midfielder’s agent was given a tour of the club’s Carrington training ground last week and he is set to sign for the club before the World Cup.
RW, Juan Mata
After having a tough start to the season and being dropped to the bench by Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, Mata looks to be settling in at Manchester United game after game. The Spaniard has five goals and as many assists since joining United, but still looks shy of the form that made him Chelsea's player of the year season twice in a row. Mata hadn't scored before joining the reigning champions and had only picked up two assists. With a new found confidence and starting regularly, Mata will look to flourish next season.
CAM, Wayne Rooney
Possibly along with De Gea, Rooney has been one of United's star performers this season. At times, he has carried the team much liked Van Persie did last season. The English man has scored 17 league goals this season and provided 12 assists. The key to United's free-flowing attack, United fans should be pleased that he didn't sign for Chelsea last summer. With Mata in full flow, the addition of Marco Reus and Robin Van Persie back from injury, Rooney would be the driving force of a frightening attacking line up.
LW, Marco Reus
Borussia Dortmund forward Reus is a long-term United target and is surely very high on their summer shortlist. Neil Moxley of the Sunday People suggested David Moyes was considering a cash-plus-Shinji Kagawa bid back in March, but since then, speculation has largely died down. Reus can slot in on either flank as well as play upfront, and with the German being direct and phenomenally quick, his running might just bring the best out of Juan Mata.
ST, Robin Van Persie
A season predominately spent dealing with injury, the Dutch forward who was so vital last season has still manage 11 goals this season and will remain a key part to United's attack for at least the next couple of season. If the men in red are to push for the top 4 and the title next season, then United hopefuls and Van Persie himself will be hoping he can replicate the form that helped United win the title last season.
A very frightening line up if United were to manage to sign all their targets, maybe not all these players will be turning out at Old Trafford in the premier league next season, but i'm sure fans will be hoping that they can at least sign a few key players - especially defenders.
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