It’s going to be a busy summer for Manchester United as we expect to be heavily involved in the transfer window. Jose Mourinho will be looking to bring in a number of players and offload several at the same time.
With Michael Carrick announcing his retirement and Marouane Fellaini likely to leave on a free transfer when his contract expires the boss has already confirmed that we’ll need to bring in direct replacements for these players. Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Napoli’s Jorginho, Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred, Nice’s Jean Seri and Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Weigl have all been strongly linked.
Ashley Young’s position at left-back is expected to be under threat over the summer when he turns 33. A new signing here could also mean any or all of Luke Shaw, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo will be moved on. Matteo Darmian has been strongly linked with a move to Juventus as well, so we could be bringing in a new right-back to challenge captain Antonio Valencia, who also turns 33 before the start of next season.
As well as old faces departing and new players arriving, many of our squad are expecting to be representing their country at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford are all expected to be part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad, whilst Ashley Young and/or Luke Shaw could also go.
Paul Pogba is a star in Didier Deschamps’ France squad who many have down among their 2018 World Cup tips to go all the way. Anthony Martial will also be included assuming he’s fit. They were runners-up at Euro 2016 in their home country but many feel they are more experienced and better prepared now.
Another nation that others are tipping to go all the way are the 2010 winners, Spain. They have the best goalkeeper in the world in David de Gea between the sticks, whilst Juan Mata is also expected to go. Ander Herrera hasn’t been a regular in our side this season so isn’t guaranteed to make the cut.
Sergio Romero is Argentina’s number one and Marcos Rojo is apart of Jorge Sampaoli’s side also. The South American country will be looking to go one better than four years ago when they were beaten in extra-time of the final by Germany. They weren’t convincing in qualifying, particularly at the back, but have a wealth of talented attackers.
Sweden caused some surprises in qualifying by eliminating Netherlands in the group stage and Italy in the playoffs. Despite Victor Lindelof failing to settle in at Old Trafford so far the centre-back was a rock in keeping clean sheets in both of their games versus Italy and is set to be a starter in Janne Andersson’s side.
Many people’s dark horse four years ago, Belgium only reached the quarter-finals in Brazil. Can they go further in Russia? Romelu Lukaku will be representing the Red Devils, whilst Marouane Fellaini is also going to be part of the squad, provided he remains healthy after an injury-plagued season.
Though Nemanja Matic has played in nearly all of our games this season the Serbian won’t be getting a well-earned rest this summer as his Serbia also qualified.
The likes of Alexis Sanchez, Eric Bailly, Antonio Valencia, Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian all get the summer off.