Henderson is a product of United’s academy and, as MEN reported at the European Championship, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to favor him as the Reds’ first-choice goalkeeper over David de Gea. for the 2021-2022 campaign.
The 24-year-old impressed after coming in for De Gea after the 30-year-old returned to Spain on paternity leave in March, but experienced some kind of slump towards the end of the campaign and De Gea lined up. on the Europa League Final.
Henderson practically took the summer after withdrawing from the England squad after his first Euro game against Croatia due to injury, and although he is still on the road to recovery, he should come back fresher from prolonged rest.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – £ 50million
United want to sign Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid to compete with Wan-Bissaka, and although Trippier’s side are confident the deal will be done, the former Crystal Palace defender will likely start the campaign at right-back.
Wan-Bissaka’s lack of involvement in an international tournament this summer means he has already been back at Carrington for some time now and should be in prime condition to face Leeds.
If Trippier arrives to compete with him, Wan-Bissaka knows he will have work to do to keep his place in the squad as the season progresses.
Harry Maguire – £ 80million
Critics of Maguire have scoffed at the £ 80million fee United paid to keep him away from Leicester for much of the two years since that move. But his stock has grown significantly since an ankle injury he sustained late last season revealed how fragile United’s defense is without him.
United conceded four at home to Liverpool and lost the Europa League final without him, and after missing England’s first two games at Euro, he secured a place in the tournament squad ahead of Giorgio Chiellini.
Raphaël Varane – £ 50million
Varane is one of two players in this squad who are not yet officially a United player, but the club continue to move forward on a deal to sign the world champion and four-time Champions League winner.
Sources say MEN United are ‘getting closer every day’ to finalizing a deal for the 28-year-old, with talks of personal terms that would have been productive and Varane expects to become a United player this summer.
MEN reported last month that United are working on a £ 50million package to bring Varane to the club and believe it is reasonable, although Madrid value the player at almost £ 80million. They are unlikely to receive such a sum, given the willingness to leave Varane and the fact that his contract in the Spanish capital will expire next June.
Luke Shaw – £ 30million
Shaw’s career resumption has been nothing short of remarkable and he is now rightly regarded as one of the elite full-backs in the world.
The defender’s struggles under Jose Mourinho are well documented, but under Solskjaer and Gareth Southgate with United and England respectively, he has thrived with a new breed of manager.
As recently as last year he was written off, with his display in United’s New Years’ Day loss to Arsenal coming under criticism around the same time Brandon Williams made his appearance, but Shaw has since knocked out competition first from Williams, then last summer deadline signing Alex Telles to claim the left-back spot.
Fred – £ 52million
If you haven’t kept up to date with Copa America events, the inclusion of Fred here above Scott McTominay might surprise you. But he started every game for Brazil as he reached the final – except for the dead rubber group game against Ecuador after the Selecao had already qualified for the last eight.
He’s lined up in a pivot alongside Casemiro for many games, and it’s a system he’s used to playing at club level alongside McTominay, but United shouldn’t need two. starters at home against Leeds in front of a crowded Old Trafford. and Fred’s summer exploits should give him the edge over the Scotsman.
Paul Pogba – £ 89million
Pogba is in the final year of his contract with United and although his future is not yet resolved, United have not received any serious inquiries regarding the midfielder’s signing this summer. Pogba, 28, has sought to leave United on several occasions, but his family are happy in Cheshire if a move doesn’t materialize before the window closes.
United looked set to put up an unlikely title charge in January last season and Pogba’s mid-season form was vital to that as he scored two back-to-back midweek winners against Burnley and Fulham.
The muscle injury he suffered against Everton in early February marked the beginning of the end of this shorter challenge. He was less influential on his return but contributed to a winner at San Siro before enjoying a good European Championship on a personal level despite the early departure from France.
Bruno Fernandes – 67 million free sterling
Fernandes signed for United for an initial £ 47million with around an additional £ 20million. Whatever price they end up paying, they’ve got a good deal.
The Portuguese directly contributed 45 goals last season – scoring 28 and helping 17 more – and although he struggled during the Euros he is certain to start United’s opener of the season, if his physical condition allows it.
Mason Greenwood – gratuit
This team’s third academy product, Mason Greenwood is another who should have enjoyed the summer. He’s been a regular at United’s first team for a few years and this summer marked his first real break from senior football after retiring from England’s Euro 2020 squad due to an unspecified injury.
Marcus Rashford’s planned layoff for two months should ensure Greenwood starts on the right flank against Leeds, with the summer signing looming of Jadon Sancho operating on the left and Edinson Cavani in the middle.
Edinson Cavani – Free
Anthony Martial is yet to return to training after the knee injury he suffered with France several months ago, and although he was in good shape he would not start the opener of the season. United.
Cavani finished last season with 10 goals in 11 games for United, including the Europa League final equalizer, and is expected to lead the line at Old Trafford.
Jadon Sancho – 73 million
Sancho’s involvement in Euro 2020 did not go as he would have liked. He only started once and then was one of the shooters who missed the final defeat to Italy.
It won’t be on the minds of any United fan on August 14, having finally seen United land their man after three previous failed attempts.
Sancho has scored 50 goals and recorded 64 assists in 137 appearances for Borussia Dortmund and will certainly add the element of creativity that has been lacking in United’s forward line in recent years.
Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, Fernandes, Pogba; Green wood, Sancho, Cavani
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