Manchester United are going to buy big in the summer. I think we all know that. It’s their major stab at a return to the elite level that they are so used to inhabiting.
The fact is that even David Moyes doesn’t know exactly how his team will look come August – assuming he’s still managing Manchester United at that point. And with at least a few new names in the hat each day as potential arrivals at the club, it’s hard to decant who will actually sign for Manchester United this summer. But, thankfully, you have soccersweep on hand to make the prediction for you. So here is the team that we think could take to the field for the first fixture. Feel free to debate this one to the hilt.
Manchester United – 4-2-3-1
David De Gea – Gets better with each game. A world class player between the sticks. Like a cat with superglue on his hands. Manchester United must tie him down to a new deal or risk losing him to Spain. £18m
Luke Shaw – We have a sneaking feeling that Shaw may snub his boyhood team Chelsea and join the Manchester United revolution. Won’t be cheap but worth every penny. £30m
Eliaquim Mangala – This is the best case scenario unless Manchester United can convince the brilliant Geoffrey Kondogbia to the club after just one season at Monaco. Competition for his signature will force the price way up. £40m
Phil Jones – Improving all the time. We think that he can be a highly influential character at Manchester United. If he can avoid those hitherto regular injuries. £20m
Rafael da Silva – There has been talk of his departure but he’s a proper Manchester United player who will continue to improve – £3m
Ilkay Gundogan – A dynamo of a footballer who is equally good in advanced or defensive positions. We have him shielding the defence in a 4-2-3-1. £30m
William Carvalho – Young and highly skillful, this guy already plays the game with the nonchalance of a world class veteran. Will play alongside Gundogan in the ‘2’. £35m
Andros Townsend – He’s mesmeric with the ball at his feet, running at pace. Would really suit Manchester United’s style and add much needed speed. £30m
Mata – surely has to play at No.10 next season. What does this mean for RvP and Rooney? £37m
Lucas Moura – The Brazilian in still not getting enough game time at PSG and Manchester United need pace and trickery out wide. Top player. £35m
Rooney – Could well play up top next season. Especially if RvP leaves.£30m
Total – £298m
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