Man Utd's potential XI at the end of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's 'three-year vision'

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Manchester United are in a serious mess right now.

Teetering closer to the relegation zone than the Champions League qualifying places, it seems as though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be fighting for his job in the weeks to come.

However, if the Norwegian can somehow turn things around, a report by the Telegraph claims that United are willing to back him over three years and help him secure eight new signings.

It's a pretty ambitious proposition but when you look at the long-term project thriving at Liverpool, it could be exactly what United need to dispel their post-Sir Alex Ferguson blues.

So, how would that actually translate in 2021? Well, we've been inspired by talkSPORT and - with just a few minor tweaks from their original - have envisaged this futuristic United.

GK - David de Gea

Come on now. Say whatever you like about De Gea's mistakes over the last 12 months, but the Spaniard remains one of the world's best goalkeepers and is an untouchable at Old Trafford.

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RB - Aaron Wan-Bissaka

It's been a so-so start for the Englishman this season, but he's shown more than enough quality to suggest he'll be a regular starter when 2021 rolls around.

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CB - Ruben Dias

The first new name in the side. The Portuguese, one of the finest up and coming centre-backs in Europe, could follow in the footsteps of Victor Lindelof in a move that would suit United's future-thinking project to a tee.

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CB - Harry Maguire

There can be little doubting that Maguire is one of the Premier League's very best on his day and the 26-year-old will come into his own when he settles in at the 'Theatre of Dreams.'

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LB - Ben Chilwell

They might have to fight Manchester City for this particular signature, but it's a transfer that makes so much sense for United and one they've been linked with as recently as this week.

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RM - Jadon Sancho

Of all the potential changes in this team, Sancho would be the biggest coup and if United can tempt the English to Old Trafford, they could have themselves a bona fide superstar for years to come.

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CM - Scott McTominay

Already one of the bright lights at United, McTominay could go on to establish himself over the next two years and endure as the combative heart of a rejuvenated Red Devils side.

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CM - James Maddison

The second part of the United-Leicester rumour this week. It seems inevitable that Maddison will sign for a top six club in the coming years and he could become the energetic, creative influence that Solskjaer is crying out for.

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CM - Paul Pogba

It's well within the realms of possibility that Pogba will have waved goodbye to Old Trafford by this point but - if he decides to stay - picking him in the starting XI is something of a no-brainer.

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LM - Daniel James

The young Welshman has the bit between his teeth and if James isn't in the line-up when 2021 arrives, then it won't be for a lack of trying. United's star performer this season, no doubt.

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ST - Moussa Dembele

It looks highly likely that Mario Mandzukic will pass through the United revolving door at some point but Dembele - who has been heavily linked this week - seems more plausible as a long-term option.

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Extra signing - Declan Rice

The Red Devils are becoming linked with English talent on the rise and with an extra season of West Ham experienced under his belt, Rice moving north feels like a natural progression.

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Extra signing - Mario Mandzukic

Ah, the aforementioned short-term fix. We're not sure the Croatian will be at Old Trafford as far in the future as 2021, but he could hurriedly fill the void left by Romelu Lukaku for a brief spell.

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Extra signing - Erling Haaland

Surely Solskjaer will use his connections to secure this signing. One of the most exciting talents in Europe, it just makes too much sense not to happen unless Real Madrid swoop in first.

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