Manchester United could have a whole new look for the new Premier League season.
Erik ten Hag’s reign at the club has only just begun but it looks like the new manager is planning major surgery on the first team in order to challenge the club again.
The likes of Juan Mata, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Edinson Cavani have already moved on, while the suggestion is that Cristiano Ronaldo could follow after expressing his desire to leave the club.
If the 37-year-old leaves it means there is another giant hole to fill at Old Trafford as Ten Hag look to make his mark.
Luckily, it looks like the club’s finger is really on the pulse when it comes to summer transfer targets.
Here talkSPORT.com takes a look at what United’s starting XI could look like at the start of the new season.
With Dean Henderson out, it looks like David De Gea will have a clear path to becoming the club’s number one goalkeeper next season.
Diogo Dalot is the main candidate to start for United at right-back, with speculation linking Aaron Wan Bissaka with leaving the club.
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On the left, Alex Telles looks set to lose his place to Tyrell Malacia who is set to confirm his move to Old Trafford from Feyenoord.
In central defense, the Red Devils are in pursuit of Lisandro Martinez, the Ajax defender, also wanted by Mikel Arteta at Arsenal.
The 24-year-old has been linked with several clubs, including Arsenal, but Ten Hag hopes his connections can give the Manchester side a crucial advantage in pursuit.
If the boss uses a back-four, Martinez’s defensive partner is in debate with Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof ready to fight for a role.
With Harry Maguire still captaining the club, the England star is likely to keep his place in the squad, but that could quickly change as Ten Hag look to put his own stamp on the group.
Things are looking good in midfield with the news that Christian Eriksen has verbally agreed to a three-year contract to join the club this summer.
United are still pushing hard to bring Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona, but should that move go through, it would give the Premier League giants huge technical capacity in the engine room.
Entering the attacking third, Ten Hag will be tasked with making the most of his star men, with Bruno Fernandes certain to start in a number 10 role, while Jadon Sancho hopes he can really get going after a mixed first 12. months back in the English game.
While Marcus Rashford will look to impress, Anthony Elanga will likely have a chance to prove himself as one of the Premier League’s best young stars by cementing his place in right midfield.
If Ronaldo moves on, United will have an important hole to fill.
The 37-year-old is as proven a source of goals as you’re likely to find, and if he leaves it’s paramount United sign someone who can start running.
Paulo Dybala is a star who has been linked with a bargain after the Argentina international left Juventus at the end of his contract.
The 28-year-old is perfect to play in a deep attacking role and should a move occur he could be an ideal addition to compliment Sancho, Fernandes and Elanga who will all rack their brains to get into the penalty area next season.
Here’s what Erik ten Hag’s Man United XI could look like at the start of next season.