Manchester United have now completed the signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and will push hard to bring in Paul Pogba from Juventus before the 2016-17 campaign gets underway next month.
Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have also signed for the Red Devils and fans are excitedly discussing ways in which Jose Mourinho will fit all of these big-name players into his starting line-up.
Stan Collymore also posted a potential XI on Twitter, although United fans were left somewhat baffled by the inclusion of one player in particular.
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Collymore believes that, despite Mkhitaryan’s arrival, there could still be a place in Mourinho’s first-choice line-up for Jesse Lingard.
Collymore’s predicted XI: De Gea/Darmian Smalling Bailly Shaw/Pogba Mkhi/Lingard Rooney Martial/Zlatan.
In the retired striker’s words: “Tasty”.
(Note: this tweet has now been deleted).
Lingard may struggle under Mourinho
Lingard, who will turn 24 in December, enjoyed a decent season for the Red Devils last term and secured his place in Manchester United folklore by scoring an excellent winning goal against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final.
Mourinho delighted with Mkhitaryan signing
But he might find first-team opportunities hard to come by under Mourinho, who expressed his delight after sealing Mkhitaryan’s services on Wednesday.
"Henrikh is a very talented footballer who has been in such prolific form for both his club and his country,” the Portuguese tactician told United’s official website. “He is a real team player with great skill, vision and also has a good eye for goal.
“I am delighted he has chosen to sign for United. I believe he will make an impact on the team very quickly as his style of play is suited to the Premier League. We are all looking forward to working with him."
Mkhitaryan spent most of his time playing on the right wing under Thomas Tuchel, but Collymore is convinced Mourinho will deploy him in a more central role.
Collymore offers fan £100 bet
So convinced, in fact, that he challenged a United fan to make a £100 bet.
A guy named Tim tweeted the talkSPORT presenter, saying: “Oh just shutup Stan, he's a winger!”
Collymore then replied: “Ill bet you 100 quid he doesn’t play as an out and out winger for #MUFC.
“Charity of your or my choice.”
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