Quality partner for Smalling, new attack – How United could look under Mourinho

first_img Centre midfield: Joao Mario – The Portuguese boss has clearly been taking a look at his homeland in search of some fresh blood for his Red Devils side. Andre Gomes is being linked with a move from Valencia, while Mario is also, reportedly, on his wishlist. The Sporting Lisbon star has had an excellent campaign and decent sized bid should be enough to see them part with the player. 11 Left back: Luke Shaw – Before a broken leg cruelly curtailed his season, Shaw was showing the kind of form that validated United’s decision to spend £30m on him when he was an 18-year-old. He’ll be back to fitness and raring to go next season. 11 Centre back: Chris Smalling – The England international made good progress in the 2015/16 season and will want to carry it on under Mourinho. He’s developing into a top centre back and could become world class with the right guidance. 11 Goalkeeper: David De Gea – Click the right arrow above to see the rest of Jose Mourinho’s possible Man United XI for next season… – With goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek leaving along with Louis van Gaal, the Spaniard may be convinced to remain at Old Trafford for one more season. There have been reports he was unhappy under Hoek’s supervision but a new guiding hand coming in could help improve him further. Centre midfield: Morgan Schneiderlin – A mixed first campaign at Old Trafford has come to an end but is likely to be utilised more with Michael Carrick on his way out of the club on a free transfer. Mourinho’s use of players like Nemanja Matic should ease any concerns Frenchman Schneiderlin has about his future. 11 Attacking midfield: Wayne Rooney – When he was at Chelsea Mourinho wanted to manage Rooney, so he will likely want to give it a go for at least one year at Old Trafford. What his plans are for the 30-year-old captain are unknown as debates continue about his best position. 11 11 11 Manchester United are set to name Jose Mourinho as their new manager following the sacking of Louis van Gaal.The Dutchman’s dire brand of football failed to set pulses racing at Old Trafford and his old school methods reportedly upset players at the club, despite helping them to lift the FA Cup on Saturday.So now the ex-Chelsea boss will be brought in to sort the mess left behind, with newspapers reporting he will receive the funds needed to overhaul the squad.But what could Mourinho’s Manchester United look like with some summer signings? Click the right arrow above to find out… 11 11 Right wing: Jesse Lingard – After scoring the winning goal in the FA Cup final, his stock is high at Old Trafford. The fans love a player who has come through the ranks, while his pace and skills make him an asset. Mourinho should give him another shot in the first-team, even if the club are ready to fund a flurry of transfers. 11 Centre back: John Stones – Given Chelsea’s keenness to land the Everton defender last summer, it’s no surprise Manchester United are now being linked with Stones. Mourinho will have to iron out some issues in his game, but could develop well alongside his England team-mate Smalling under Mourinho. Left wing: Anthony Martial – The French star has, so far, justified his huge £36m transfer fee, which could rise to £57.6m, if he continues his success. He’ll no doubt form an important part of the Red Devils’ front line next season. 11 Right back: Matteo Darmian – Currently battling Antonio Valencia for the role, Italy international Darmian could well use Euro 2016 as a platform to rebuild his reputation and earn himself a spot in Jose Mourinho’s starting XI. Striker: Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Reports are suggesting the Swedish superstar will be Mourinho’s no.2, but there is also a real chance he’ll give Premier League football one shot before retiring. He’d be a great marketing asset and on last year’s form at PSG he’s still got loads to offer Manchester United.last_img read more