Two signings are confirmed so far at Manchester United. And it’s still too early to accurately project what the team may look like next season.
That won’t stop us trying, based on the most likely transfer reports at present.
Dan James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka could be joined by Sean Longstaff, Bruno Fernandes, and Harry Maguire.
A quick caveat, we are not convinced by either Longstaff or Maguire at this point. But it does seem like this is the direction are looking.
Bearing that in mind and for the aim of this exercise, here is a look at how United could line up with all five next season…
We don’t expect James or Longstaff to be regular starters, and the Welshman’s most natural position is on the right.
What this does show is how weak United’s options are on the right wing.
Alternatives are Diogo Dalot, Alexis Sanchez, or Juan Mata, none of who would class it as a natural position.
Even with these five players signed – and Maguire and Longstaff aren’t our first choices in their positions by any measure – there would still be serious work for United to do out wide.
The team does have a very fresh feel to it though, and that’s needed after the terrible end to last season.
Bruno Fernandes could be a game changer in attack.
With a bench including Jesse Lingard, Fred, Scott McTominay, Alexis Sanchez, Juan Mata, Romelu Lukaku, Tahith Chong, Mason Greenwood, Nemanja Matic and Andreas Pereira, United would have good depth to mix up selection.