Manchester United’s financial strength means they are in a better position to continue rebuilding their team after the lockdown than any other club in England.
United has long believed that its next big team will be a mix of first class shopping and local talent developed by the academy.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already shown that the likes of Brandon Williams, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood are a big part of United’s future.
They have already invested long term in Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes and are actively looking to complete the puzzle by spending a lot on Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish and Saul Niguez.
This is what a first eleven could look like and substitutes united in 2023 to win the Premier League title – which would mark a decade since their last championship title under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Manchester United finances mean Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is able to rebuild the team
Sportsmail shows how they could compete for a first title since Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge
Goalkeeper – Dean Henderson (current age, 23)
Joined the Manchester United Academy at 14 and has boosted his reputation in the past two seasons at Sheffield United.
Only Liverpool have conceded fewer goals than The Blades with the ten Henderson laundries that came to mind in the minds of English manager Gareth Southgate for Euro 2020.
Although United have had David de Gea as No1 for almost a decade, Henderson is expected to replace him at some point.
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Right-back – Aaron Wan-Bissaka (22)
An old-fashioned back who knows how to defend himself properly, generally timing his challenges to perfection.
Television specialist Jamie Carragher hailed him as “the best individual defender for a complete back in the world” after keeping Raheem Sterling silent in the last Manchester derby
The eyebrows were raised when United paid £ 50 million to Crystal Palace for Wan-Bissaka last summer, but he immediately made his way to the first team.
His 99 successful tackles this season have been surpassed only by Ricardo Pereira of Leicester and he should be a regular at United for years to come.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s defensive prowess makes him ready to become a regular United player for years
Central defender – Kalidou Koulibaly (28)
United will not be the only one to admire Koulibaly if the dominant Senegalese central defender is allowed to leave Napoli, Liverpool and PSG are also among the interested parties.
But United’s needs are probably greater than those of these clubs as they seek a powerful partner for Harry Maguire in the back.
Deemed a defensive wall, deflation of the coronavirus transfer market means it can only cost £ 60 million – beyond most clubs, but not United.
Kalidou Koulibaly is the dominant central defender that United seeks to associate with Harry Maguire
Central Defender – Harry Maguire (27)
Being named captain of United in his first season at Old Trafford tells you all about the impact Maguire has had since his record transfer of £ 80 million from Leicester.
Demonstrated he could thrive on the big stage by impressing for England at the 2018 World Cup, Maguire was United’s best player in a fluctuating campaign and Solskjaer had no hesitation in giving him the armband permanently when Ashley Young joined Inter Milan in January.
United captain Maguire has been the club’s best player in a fluctuating campaign this season
Left-Back – Brandon Williams (19)
He has made a huge impression since joining the United left-back team, forcing Luke Shaw to try a new center-back position.
His commitment as a youngster of the academy is a return to the era of the class of 92 with Gary Neville noting: “He has this look in the eye of someone who would eat his opponent’s nose to win the match. “
But Williams also has quality for the future and scored an important goal in the 3-3 second leg against Sheffield United after the Solskjaer team found themselves 3-0.
Brandon Williams’ commitment as a youngster of the academy is a return to the era of the class of 92
Midfielder – Bruno Fernandes (25)
Bru-no’s song filled Old Trafford from the moment the Portuguese playmaker arrived in January.
Solskjaer wanted Fernandes as much for his leadership as for his footballing skills, and the Reds have lost none of the nine games he has played.
United fans love a swaggering player – Eric Cantona comes to mind – and Fernandes’ penalty for stuttering and jumping against Watford has designated him as someone who will embrace the Theater of Dreams.
United has lost none of the nine games in January where Bruno Fernandes played in
Midfielder – Saul Niguez (25)
Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay have done a good job of consolidating United’s back line as a defensive midfielder, but Saul Niguez is the upgrade Solskjaer needs to go from the top four challengers to the major trophies.
The Spanish international is entering its first years after having already been a key element in the success of Atletico Madrid under Diego Simeone.
His defensive efforts to stifle Mo Salah as Atletico eliminated Liverpool from the Champions League shortly before the lockout made it clear that he was at the best table.
Saul is the upgrade United need to move from the top four challengers to the major trophies
Middle – Paul Pogba (27)
He has been watching out of Old Trafford for so long, but changing circumstances around the world could see the France World Cup winner stay with Manchester United and become a talisman for a new and more successful era.
The truth is that its contenders, Real Madrid and Juventus, can no longer afford the asking price of £ 100 million.
And when football resumes, it will be a Pogba perfectly fit to go instead of the one who battled injuries and last played the day after Christmas.
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Paul Pogba could become a talisman for a more successful new era and change his career
Attack / Right Front – Jadon Sancho (20)
After having had their noses rubbed for so many years by their “noisy neighbors”, how rewarding it would be for Manchester United to sign the city’s most talented child and turn him into a world star.
Sancho left City for Borussia Dortmund after feeling his limited first team prospects. He shone in Germany and has already scored 27 Bundesliga goals, the youngest in history, in addition to winning 11 caps in England, scoring twice.
The flying winger would cost United a Premier League record transfer fee, but it fits United’s philosophy perfectly.
Jadon Sancho would cost record Premier League fees but it fits well with club philosophy
Front center – Moussa Dembele (23)
After losing to Erling Haaland and Tottenham, Harry Kane was kicked out of the market at £ 200 million, United’s search for a true center center will likely lead them to Lyon where the exciting Moussa Dembele can be bought for 65 millions of pounds.
Dembele’s potential became evident to British fans at Fulham and Celtic and his game has evolved over the past two years at Lyon, scoring 42 goals in 58 starts.
He is able to lead the line, has great movement and will find the net.
Moussa Dembele can lead the line, has great movement and will score many goals
Attack / Left Front – Marcus Rashford (22)
21st century poster boy for the famous United Academy. It’s already a legend how he responded to a shocking decision by Louis van Gaal at the age of 17 with two first goals in Europe, then another double against Arsenal a few days later.
Originally from Manchester, he has already become one of the most influential players in the locker room and has a long list of spectacular goals.
Look at his most threatening on the left side where he can intervene and become a threat of goal.
Marcus Rashford has already become one of the most influential players in the locker room
And the bench won’t be bad either…
Seems to be approaching her best again after going through a terrible time with injuries.
His duel with Brandon Williams in the back left will become very interesting in the coming years
Prodigious 16-year-old midfielder currently in Birmingham City. All the best clubs want it, including United.
Will still be a teenager in 2023 but will require a regular place by then.
One of the few positive legacies of Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.
He gave McTominay a chance and the Scotsman responded by showing the right attitude in the middle of the park.
Midfielder Scott McTominay is one of the few positive legacies left by Jose Mourinho
Has the X factor on the ball that United fans have loved and missed watching in recent years. Could play midfielder or wider in the first three.
He has a dozen goals to his credit and is only 18 years old.
There has been a buzz around the center since a young age and it will evolve in the coming seasons
A little wild, but United will always find a place for him in the team because of his lightning fast pace which would concern any defense
United may not feel the need to sign another experienced assistant goalkeeper in the mold of Sergio Romero if Pereira continues to develop. Currently on loan with Hearts in Scotland.
Jack Grealish has the X factor on the ball that United fans have been missing in recent years