After months of intense speculation, Manchester United have finally sacked Louis van Gaal and are set to replace the veteran Dutch coach with Jose Mourinho.
Back in February, we took an educated guess at what the Portuguese coach’s starting line-up might look like at the start of next season.
Three months is a lifetime in football, however, and it’s clear that Mourinho’s actual starting XI is likely to look very different to our original guess.
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Antoine Griezmann, Raphael Varane, Isco, Riyad Mahrez and even Ross Barkley are all likely to stick with their current employers.
With that in mind, we’ve created another potential starting line-up that could be in place at Old Trafford in August. (Scroll down to see the team and don’t forget to leave a comment in the box below).
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Goalkeeper: David de Gea
Manchester United’s Player of the Year for a third successive season, Jose Mourinho will be desperate to keep David de Gea at Old Trafford.
The 25-year-old is arguably the best goalkeeper in the world and losing him would be a catastrophic blow for the Red Devils.
Right-back: Timothy Fosu-Mensah
Matteo Darmian hasn’t exactly convinced since completing his summer transfer from Torino.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah, on the other hand, has made a huge impact since making his Manchester United debut back in February. The 18-year-old has an extremely bright future ahead of him.
Centre-back: John Stones
Jose Mourinho wanted to sign John Stones last summer but Chelsea failed to agree a fee with Everton for the 21-year-old.
Stones isn’t the finished article just yet and has been criticised on occasions for making mistakes; however, it’s abundantly clear that he possesses the ability to become one of Europe’s best centre-backs.
Centre-back: Chris Smalling
One of Manchester United’s most consistent performers under Louis van Gaal.
Chris Smalling signed a new long-term deal with United last April and will be a key player under Mourinho.
Left-back: Luke Shaw
Luke Shaw grew up a Chelsea fan and, given his age, probably idolises Mourinho.
The 18-year-old will feel like a new signing for the Red Devils next season after missing most of this term with a broken leg.
Midfield: Wayne Rooney
It’s no secret that Jose Mourinho is - or, at least, was - a big fan of Wayne Rooney.
The Portuguese coach tried to sign the United and England captain in the summer of 2013 and should find room in his midfield for the 30-year-old who divides opinion these days.
Midfield: Morgan Schneiderlin
Jose Mourinho will hope to turn Morgan Schneiderlin into his new version of Nemanja Matic.
The French midfielder, 26, has shown glimpses of his class at Old Trafford but is capable of even better performances.
Left-wing: Anthony Martial
Jose Mourinho has to find a place in his starting line-up for Anthony Martial.
The 20-year-old has scored 17 goals in his debut season with United and will be aiming to break the 20-goal mark next term.
Playmaker: James Rodriguez
Real Madrid want to sell James Rodriguez and his preference, according to reports in Spain, is a move to Manchester United.
The Colombia international has the quality to light up the Premier League.
Right-wing: Memphis Depay
It’s been a pretty disastrous debut season for Memphis Depay at Manchester United.
The 22-year-old, who became the Red Devils’ new number seven following his big-money transfer, has been heavily criticised over recent months but may benefit from Van Gaal’s departure.
Striker: Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a huge fan of Jose Mourinho and has now played his final game for Paris Saint-Germain.
This move makes sense for so many reasons. Expect the charismatic 34-year-old to be leading the line at Old Trafford next season.
Jose Mourinho's potential XI
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