Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is right to be excited. This summer Manchester United have signed two elite, top level players.
Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane are joining, with the latter just needing to undergo a medical.
The Manchester United boss has spoken out on the double signing and what it means for the team.
Solskjaer told the club website that the two new arrivals will allow him to set up the team in different ways and approach matches in a new way.
The United manager said: “I’m very happy getting both our players in. First of all, the club has shown ambition with getting one of the most exciting young forwards in world football [Jadon Sancho], and one of the most respected centre-backs and one of the most winning centre-backs in the world.
“With him in, we’ve got different ways of playing of course, and I can see different ways of playing with Raphael. I can’t wait to get him in and hopefully we can get that sorted as soon as.”
At some stage in early August we are going to get a picture released of Solskjaer posing happily with both Varane and Sancho and it is going to be quite something. He clearly has plans for both and we look forward to seeing it unfold.
What can United now do differently?
Sancho is excellent with the ball at his feet and he can run at opponents in different ways to any current United player, and this will open up space for his teammates.
Importantly, Sancho can play on both the left and right wing, giving Solskjaer versatily when selecting a line-up.
For so long United have been too predictable with team selection. Marcus Rashford on the left and Mason Greenwood on the right. Now nobody is guaranteed a spot.
The arrival of Varane enables United to be more aggressive, due to the pace he has at the back, which helps Harry Maguire out.
No longer do United have to go into each game locked into using two defensive midfielders to protect the defence. There will be games where one will do.
There has already been talk, via The Telegraph, of United tweaking the formation from a 4-2-3-1 to a 4-3-3. There could be other changes coming too.
United may experiment more with three at the back, to accomodate Lindelof too. Kieran Trippier signing would make for a strong option at right wing-back.
Too much change to a side which finished second in the league could be a negative, so tweaks won’t be radical, but there is some improving to do for sure, and both Sancho and Varane will make United better, once Solskjaer settles on a system. It is a joy to get both players in, and no wonder he is excited.
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