Manchester United made the biggest noise this summer by going out and signing their key summer targets well before the deadline day. Jose Mourinho’s arrival followed by Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan has brought a new lease of life to the United fans.
After seeing some boring and unadventurous football under David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal, United are considered as one of the favorites to win this season’s Premier League title. The depth and power of United’s squad is the strongest in recent memory.
Mourinho will have the luxury of picking 2 players for every position this season, but who will get the eventual nod to start in those key matches when season gets tougher and tougher?
We take a look at the Manchester United’s predicted lineup for the upcoming 2016/17 season.
Formation – (4-2-3-1)
Key Players – (Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan)
How will Mourinho line them up?
Tactically speaking, Mourinho is one of the best at what he does and he has got a really talented squad to work with at Old Trafford this season.
Likes of Pogba, Ibrahimovic, Mkhitaryan and Wayne Rooney have been playing at the top level for quite some time now. All Mourinho needs to do is to bring them together and form those individuals in to a team.
Formation would more or less be centered around 4-2-3-1 with Pogba and Marouane Fellaini holding the key. Many thought it was the end of Fellaini’s time at United but under Mourinho, the Belgian has really flourished so far this season.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is yet to start for United this season but going forward he will be the first choice player for Mourinho overtaking Juan Mata. Defense is more or less sorted with Eric Bailly, Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia being the standout players so far this season.
Daley Blind is the current first choice defender but one sees the merit of using Chris Smalling alongside Bailly after the Englishman enjoyed the best season of his United career.
Signs are looking ominous for United and a strong start after the international break could see them take their first real stride towards the league title in recent seasons.