Jose Mourinho’s potential Manchester United XI - Telegraph journalist

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Jose Mourinho is expected to give his first press conference as Manchester United manager next week and there’s a good chance that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will already be signed by then.

Ibrahimovic will undergo a medical at Old Trafford next week, while United have reportedly agreed a fee with Borussia Dortmund for Mkhitaryan.

Eric Bailly became Mourinho’s first signing as United boss earlier this month, but what will his first-choice XI look like come the start of next season?


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Well, James Ducker of the Telegraph believes he might have the answer.

Bailly, Mkhitaryan and Zlatan are all included, but there’s another big name who also features.

Jose Mourinho's ideal Man Utd XI?

Ducker: "Not a bad XI IF Jose gets wish: DDG; Fosu-Mensah, Smalling, Bailly, Shaw; Mkhitaryan, Schneiderlin (Rooney), Pogba; Rashford, Ibra, Martial"

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Mourinho wants Paul Pogba

It’s no secret that Mourinho would like to add Paul Pogba to his ranks this summer and, according to ESPN sources, United believe there’s a ’50-50’ chance they’ll re-sign the Juventus midfielder.

However, in order for any deal to be completed, the Red Devils may need to smash the world transfer record.

It could cost United over £100 million to bring the France international back to Old Trafford, four years after he left the club in search of first-team opportunities.

The rest of the starting line-up is comprised of players already in the Manchester United setup.

Goalkeeper and defence

David de Gea is in goal (obviously), behind a back-line of Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Chris Smalling, Bailly and Luke Shaw.


The midfield is comprised of Mkhitaryan, Morgan Schneiderlin (alternating with club captain Wayne Rooney) and Pogba.


The team is completed by a three-pronged attack featuring Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Zlatan.

Can United win the title?

That team, on paper at least, not only looks exciting to watch but also capable of challenging for the Premier League title.

Certainly, the acquisition of Pogba - arguably the best young central midfielder in the world - would be a huge statement of intent.

United are currently the second favourites to win the 2016-17 Premier League title, behind Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

However, their odds of winning the league will shorten even further if they complete the signings of Pogba, Zlatan and Mkhitaryan.

United begin the new season against the reigning Premier League champions Leicester City in the Community Shield, before taking on Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium a week later.

What will Manchester United’s starting line-up look like next season? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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