Seal Declan Rice and Raphael Varane transfers and sell ‘bang average’ Anthony Martial – Manchester United XI that can challenge Man City for title next season, including Jadon Sancho

Manchester United may have ended the 2020/21 season trophyless, but there has been undoubted progress made under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Norwegian comfortably steered the Red Devils to second place in the top-flight and also led them to the Europa League final, where they were defeated by Villarreal on penalties.

Sancho is on the verge of joining Man United and he’s not the only big name player who could move this summer

Solskjaer has also been heavily backed by the board in recent seasons, with Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani among a host names arriving in recent transfer windows and making a big difference.

Jadon Sancho is the latest new face at Old Trafford with the Premier League announcing they will sign him for £72m earlier this month.

He is a superb addition the XI, having registered a brilliant 50 goals in 137 appearances for Borussia Dortmund since joining from Man City in 2017.

Sancho got 15 goals and 16 assists in the Bundesliga last season
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Nevertheless, more signings are needed for United to challenge Manchester City for the title and some more big names have been linked.

Additionally, some pundits believe some players should be shown the door at the club if United truly want to progress.

But who could be brought in next and who could leave? talkSPORT.com has identified a Red Devils XI which could challenge for the top-flight crown next term…

Arrivals

Declan Rice

United are eyeing the midfielder but they face competition from Chelsea who want to get him back on their books.

The Telegraph is reporting that the England international has turned down the offer of improved terms and an extension to his West Ham contract twice as he waits to see whether either club firms up their interest.

But West Ham are understood to be relaxed about Rice’s future.

His current deal has three years left to run – with the club holding an option to extend it to 2025 – and there is no pressure on manager David Moyes to sell any of his key players as the Hammers look to build on their stunning last campaign.

There’s no doubting, though, that Rice is exactly what United need.

Scott McTominy and Fred blow hot and cold, whilst Matic is ageing and past his best. Rice could be the perfect signing to propel the Red Devils to a title challenge.

Rice was formidable throughout the Euros and his stock will have only risen further
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Raphael Varane

A decade on from when they tried to sign him ahead of Real Madrid, the Red Devils are now making a fresh attempt to land the French defender.

According to Sky Sports, United have been given permission to speak to Varane over a potential switch to Old Trafford.

The 28-year-old was part of France’s World Cup winning squad in 2018 and has also enjoyed huge success in his ten years in the Spanish capital.

His future at the Bernabeu is uncertain as he is about to enter the final year of his contract and Real are experiencing financial problems.

Varane has one year left on his current Madrid deal
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Exits

Sell Anthony Martial

The Frenchman has blown hot and cold since his £50m arrival from Monaco. There’s no doubting his talent but his failure to do it on a consistent basis aggravates the Old Trafford faithful.

And journalist Neil Custis reckons the 25-year-old would hardly be missed by fans if he was shown the door.

“Martial could go tomorrow and I don’t think there will be many tears spilt amongst Man United fans,” he told talkSPORT.

“He’s bang average, so he could go – but I don’t know who’s going to want him on.

“He’ll certainly be the odd one out trying to get him in the team, definitely.

“I watch United a lot and I’ve never seen a player who looks more disinterested when he’s on the pitch. Doesn’t make the runs doesn’t get in the position to score, he is bang average.”

Martial was outperformed by veteran striker Edinson Cavani last season
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How could they line-up?

If the Red Devils sign Varane, they do not need any further additions to their backline.

Shaw is in the form of his career and could count himself unlucky not to be named in the Euro 2020 Team of the Tournament.

Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are also solid in their positions and do not need to be replaced.

In midfield, Rice would slot straight in as a sole defensive midfielder, with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes ahead of him.

Sancho can play on either the left or the right-wing and with Marcus Rashford out for the first few months of the season, he will likely start on the left.

Mason Greenwood, who is one of the brightest young talents at the club, can occupy the opposite flank while the evergreen Edinson Cavani would spearhead the attack once more.

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This United XI could be a force to be reckoned with