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How Man United should line up after summer transfer signings

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Manchester United strengthened their squad with five new signings in the summer transfer window.

Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek was joined by a quartet of new additions on transfer deadline day as Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles and Facundo Pellistri all agreed deals. United also announced a deal to sign Amad Diallo at a later date.

The five new additions strengthen a United squad which saw a fair number of departures in the summer window too, but just how do they affect the starting line-up?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be keen to use his squad to its full advantage in the coming weeks but this is how we think they should line up with everybody fit.

Here, our MEN United writers pick their team:

Rich Fay

It might not have been the summer transfer window which many fans envisaged but United do deserve some credit for the players who they actually did sign to bolster the squad, if not the line up.

Henderson has put pressure on De Gea in goal but the Spaniard should still be first-choice, while Lindelof’s poor early season form has been unfairly amplified by the fact he is simply not match fit, he remains more reliable than Bailly.



Telles goes straight into the line-up as a more attacking alternative to Shaw but the same can’t be said for Van de Beek in midfield. He’s impressed early on but is best used as a back-up to Fernandes or perhaps even as an option to cut in from the left.

Cavani is a great option to have from the bench but shouldn’t get priority over Martial yet and Greenwood remains the only actual decent right winger at the club, despite being a striker.

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Tyrone Marshall

Solskjaer’s options are only marginally better than they were a week ago and it’s unlikely his strongest team will be looking too much different in the weeks and months ahead.

De Gea should keep his place in goal for now, having done little wrong so far, but there are issues in defence. Telles has to start ahead of Shaw. He offers more threat going forward and Shaw was poor at the weekend. The issue of who partners Maguire is no closer to being solved. Lindelof and Bailly both continue to struggle so perhaps it’s time to give Tuanzebe an opportunity. It would be a bold move and he needs to build his match fitness up, but Solskjaer is running out of alternatives.



In midfield the big discussion is around Pogba and Van de Beek. Matic and Fernandes clearly have to be in the strongest midfield and for now Pogba should maintain his place. He can still be a world-class player on his day. That also gives Solskjaer the option of using Van de Beek from the bench.

Options on the bench have improved in this window and Cavani also looks like he fits that category. It’s difficult to see him breaking up the front three of Greenwood, Martial and Rashford at the moment, but the Uruguayan could be a very good impact sub. United’s failure to sign a right-winger means Greenwood will keep that role until January at least.

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