Manchester United's best starting line-up for 2016/17 season

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Three years on from Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement and Manchester United finally look ready to reclaim their title as England's elite side.

Jose Mourinho arrived at Old Trafford on May 27 to much fanfare and he's since built an outstanding squad capable of winning the Premier League.

Indeed, Zlatan Ibrahimovic (free), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£26m), Eric Bailly (£30m) and, most recently, Paul Pogba (£89m) have all joined the United revolution for a combined fee of approximately £145 million.


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With the Red Devils now favourites to be crowned champions next May, it's worth wondering what Mourinho's best starting XI is heading into the new campaign.

Using a 4-2-3-1 formation, this might just be it.


Who else but United's Players' Player of the Year for two seasons running?

De Gea, arguably football's best goalkeeper at the moment, has been fantastic for the 20-time league champions and guided them through times of adversity by making a number of wonderful saves.


Whilst prone to the odd mistake at the back, Valencia poses a real threat on the right flank.

His pace, power and crossing ability (sort of) are weapons that will feature regularly throughout the 2016/17 campaign, especially so with Ibrahimovic to aim for in the box.


Smalling, like De Gea, has gone from strength to strength since arriving at Old Trafford.

Costly errors continue to plague his performances but, as United's most experienced centre-half, he has an important role to play in the club's imminent resurgence.


Doubt continues to surround Bailly's big-money move to the Premier League given his age and relative lack of experience.

However, a fine individual performance in the Community Shield - he kept Jamie Vardy quiet(ish) throughout the 90 minutes - suggests he could prove money well spent.


Shaw's untimely injury in the Champions League last September has stunted his progress at United, but he's back and ready to rebuild his career at the Theatre of Dreams.

Strong going forward and reliable at the back, the 21-year-old has time on his side to justify his £30 million transfer fee.


Football's record signing is back where he belongs after completing an £89 million move from Juventus on Tuesday.

A grand total of £119 million is what Mourinho and co. coughed up to sign the Frenchman and, should he inspire Premier League glory, it'll be money well spent.


Schneiderlin endured a somewhat frustrating debut season at Old Trafford after joining from Southampton last summer.

There's no doubting his defensive credentials, though, and alongside countryman Pogba, he could help form a mean central midfield partnership.


Martial, who cost United £36 million in 2015, has the makings of a world beater if his debut goal against Liverpool last September is anything to go by.

The Frenchman demonstrated his speed and skill on a number of occasions throughout the 2015/16 term and has plenty more to give in a new-look attacking set up.


With Rooney's days as a striker well and truly numbered, playing in the No.10 role could be the 30-year-old's calling.

Composed on the ball, lethal from range and confident enough to spray cross-field balls at will, United's captain still has a huge role to play.


Eleven goals and 15 assists in the Bundesliga for Borussia Dortmund last term is reason enough to include Mkhitaryan in this starting XI.

If the Armenian can emulate such form in the Premier League, he's bound to be a hit amongst United's expectant fans.


A bicycle kick on his debut and winning goal against Leicester City in the Community Shield suggests Ibrahimovic has what it takes to survive in the Premier League.

The Swede is a serial winner and, after scoring 38 goals for Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 last season, it's clear he still has a lot left in the tank.

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