Manchester United's front line could be lethal next season

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After three disappointing seasons, are Manchester United making the right moves in the transfer market to create a team which will finally carry an attacking threat?

If yesterday's announcement on social media is anything to go by, then this could well be the case.

It is no secret that the United faithful have been craving attacking football since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.


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Enter Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who yesterday announced that his future lies with United, and various reports are stating that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will soon follow in a £26.3 million move. 

The first thing which comes to mind following United potentially having Ibrahimovic and Mkhitaryan in their side, is what system can they play next season to carry more of a threat.

It is well known that Jose Mourinho prefers a 4-2-3-1 system, and if we look at the potential midfield and front line, United could line-up with; Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney: Anthony Martial, Mkhitaryan, Marcus Rashford: Ibrahimovic.

It has been a couple of seasons since United fans have been left with a sense of excitement when looking at their team-sheet.

United often played one paced football last season, where teams could easily get 10 men behind the ball and soak up pressure until they could catch the United defense out on the counter, and this is where the majority of goals against lower opposition were conceded.

With Rashford and Martial on the flanks, this will cause endless problems for defenders. It is well known that both players would like to play in the main strikers role, but at this current stage in their careers, it is far more important that they are on the pitch getting the minutes to carry on their development.  

When the times comes for them to move into the centre, they will be ready to carry the mantle of being United's talisman for years to come.

Carrick and Rooney would offer an ideal platform on which United could get their attacks started. There is questions whether there would be enough legs in the midfield, but if Morgan Schneiderlin could improve his distribution and gain the form he had during his time with Southampton, then it would be possible to interchange him with Carrick if the midfield was getting overrun. 

Mkhitaryan had a very impressive season in the Bundesliga last season, scoring 11 and assisting 15 in 25 starts and three substitute appearances.

Numerous players have played in the number 10 role at United over the last couple of seasons, with the likes of Juan Mata and Ander Herrera always showing glimpses of form, but never producing anywhere near those kind of stats. 

Ibrahimovic has been a success everywhere he has played. Even during the tough times at Barcelona he scored one in every two games, and ended up lifting the La Liga trophy at the end of the season.

Again, there are questions about whether he has the legs to play in the Premier League, but with the youth and exuberance of Martial and Rashford on the wings, then he should be able to play an out-an-out striker role, which United have severely lacked in recent seasons. One thing for sure is that he has the self confidence to be a success.

After three poor seasons since last winning the Premier League, major changes were needed at Old Trafford, the first being the management, and the second was to put together a squad which is capable of challenging for the title.

The defense is still a problem area, despite the signing of Eric Bailly from Villarreal, but there will no shortage of goals if the front four can hit the ground running.

United fans love to see quick attacks, and the Red Devils were renown for their counter attacking capabilities under Sir Alex. This has been largely missing since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, but it is more than possible with that amount of pace in the team.   

Can Manchester United mount a serious title challenge next season? Let us know YOUR thoughts in the comment section below!

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