Jose Mourinho's potential Manchester United XI for next season

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has quickly changed the dynamic of his side at Old Trafford. 

The Special One has already purchased the trio of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eric Bailly, while it appears that he's intent on securing the services of France international Paul Pogba in this transfer window. 

There's still a long way to go this summer, of course - there's every chance that a number of players will depart the club between now and the start of the new season - but what will Mourinho's team look like next term? 


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Well, The Guardian have today produced a potential United side for the new campaign, but it's fair to say that it doesn't exactly look like a team capable of winning the title.

Here's what they have gone with: 

Potential United team 

Goalkeeper: David de Gea
Defence: Matteo Darmian, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw
Midfield: Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick, Anthony Martial 
Attack: Wayne Rooney, Zlatan Ibrahimovic 

The defence is a problem 

By no means is this a bad team - it would arguably one of the most expensive sides ever assembled - but would it really challenge for the Premier League title? 

David de Gea is (obviously) a world-class goalkeeper and will once again be a key player for the Red Devils next season, but that defence isn't good enough.

Is it really realistic to assume that Phil Jones will play a prominent role in the team next season? Is he even good enough?  Probably not. He's had a number of chances over the course of the last few years but just hasn't been able to prove his credentials. Ultimately, a lack of consistency and constant injury problems has well and truly disrupted his progression.  

Then there's Matteo Darmian, who endured a torrid second half of the campaign last term. The Italy international was exceptional during the first couple of months of the season but quickly looked out of the place. In all honesty, Mourinho probably needs to recruit a new right-back in the coming weeks. 

Luke Shaw is clearly one of the most talented full-backs in the Premier League, but how will he fair after his lengthy spell on the sidelines? 

It must be noted, of course, that Chris Smalling was one of the standout defenders in the division last season, but Daley Blind's presence alongside him shouldn't be underestimated. It appears, though, that Blind will not be used at the back next season. 

Bailly, a £30 million summer signing from Villarreal, surely has to start, but at the tender age of 22, it's far from certain as to whether he will be able to produce the goods immediately. 

Other issues 

Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial will offer the Red Devils so much out wide, of course, while Paul Pogba  - if he signs - would prove a remarkable coup, but would Michael Carrick really be the man to partner him? 

Carrick has served United brilliantly and his experience will be vital next season, but as United look to move forward, he shouldn't be a regular in the team. 

Then there's the issue up top; who knows how Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney will work with each other. Teenager Marcus Rashford offers the Red Devils something different and should play a prominent role next term. 

It's clear for all to see that Mourinho still has a lot of work to do before the club's opening Premier League clash against Bournemouth. 

What should the Man United XI be next season? Have your say below! 

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