Manchester United’s fans drinking in the Tavern are looking forward to the future and with good reason, as they’ve got players to buy and money to spend.
Ever since Ferguson’s retirement from management in 2013, Manchester United have been on a bit of a downward spiral.
That’s a bit of an understatement really, they’ve been awful.
A series of poor managers, poor players and poor performances have shown the world a very different side of the red side of Manchester, and have proven to every major club across Europe that it can happen to the best of clubs.
However they are back on the rise again and with Mourinho at the helm it isn’t difficult to picture United as champions of England again in the near future.
With United’s money and history they’ve never had a tough time in bringing players into their club, look at Paul Pogba for an example, and a lot can change in five years, so here is the possible starting 11 for Manchester United in five years time.
David De Gea will be 31-years-old in 2022 but it wouldn’t be surprising for him to still be the best keeper in the world at that age. Keepers have much longer careers than outfield players and as long as Manchester United can tie him down to a new deal to stave off the money and seemingly constant Champions league titles that Real Madrid can offer the Spaniard – then he will still be their number one in five years time.
Recently arriving from Benfica for a fee in the region of £30 million, Victor Lindelof can play at either centre-back or right-back. The Swede’s got the pace to be an effective full-back whether in defence or attack and given that he signed a four-year contract with The Red Devils, he will most likely be lining up for United in the 2022/23 season.
Much like Benzema to Arsenal, Raphael Varane always seems to get linked with Manchester United at least once every transfer window for the last few seasons. Unlike Benzema to Arsenal, it looks likely that one day, and for the right price, that move could happen. If anyone has the money to pry the young Frenchman away from Madrid, it’s Manchester United and given how much they’ve been struggling defensively since Fergie left, United will throw as much money as they can to get the 22-year-old should they make him a target.
Bailly was a pleasant surprise for Manchester United fans. Nobody had really heard of the Ivorian before, but he came to the club and put together a string of solid performances at the back earning him numerous Man of the Match awards.
Unfortunately for United fans, Bailly suffered a serious knee injury early in the season against Chelsea which, along with suspensions and national team matches, saw him make only 25 league appearances in his first season at Old Trafford which isn’t terrible, but United fans will be hoping for more.
Bailly is an exceptional talent and in five years’ time, he will be a key player at Old Trafford.
Despite Shaw and Mourinho’s differences and Shaw’s lack of playing time last season, he is a very good left-back on his day. Mourinho has openly slated Shaw on numerous occasions but if Shaw can manage to work his way back into the Special One’s good books and back into the first team, then there may not be a left back in this country that could take his place.
The 25-year-old defensive midfielder is currently playing his football for Sporting Lisbon but that could all be about to change. Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have all displayed varying degrees of interest in the Portuguese man and he seems to have the pick of the lot. Should he choose Manchester United then he could have quite the partnership in the centre of the park with the next player in this line-up.
Of course, it was going to be Pogba. If many pundits are to be believed, by the 2022 season, Paul Pogba will be the best player in the world with numerous trophies and Ballon d’ors to boot.
Partnering up with Carvalho will allow Pogba to have more attacking freedom in the United line-up whilst the Portuguese man can provide the cover for him. United aren’t getting the best out of Pogba and that has something to do with his defensive duties.
Look at Dele Alli, once Spurs gave him the freedom to move forward more and forget about the defensive side to his game, he started scoring goals for fun.
Now this is all depending on whether the young Frenchman stays at the club. It’s not that he isn’t good enough to keep playing for United, he just seems a bit uncomfortable at times.
He’s yet to really nail down a position although it’s looking more likely for him to stay as a winger.
He’s a solid player who has shown glimpses of being something very special, if he can hit the potential many think then he can then he’ll be one of the world’s best very soon.
Despite the fact that the Armenian will be 33-years-old in five years, it’s easy to see him featuring in the United first team and being one of their better players too. Ryan Giggs was 40 when he retired and our landlord thinks Mkhitaryan can follow in similar foot-steps in the way that Giggs moved into a more central role as he got older, and he was used there very effectively. Mkhitaryan certainly has the ability and the experience to have a long career like Giggs did, the only thing that can stop him now would be his injury troubles so we’ll have to wait and see.
He’s United through and through. Whilst he’s struggled to recapture the impressive form he displayed in his debut season for the senior team, that can partly be down to the fact that Mourinho hasn’t really given him the chance to shine.
It wouldn’t be surprising if Rashford went on to leave the club if he keeps getting shunned for the first team but if he gets his chance, takes it, and stays then United fans will have another home-grown talent to sing about for years and years.
Tottenham have a bit of an issue on their hands right now, they don’t seem to want to pay players like Kane or Alli the money they really should be earning.
Whilst that may not be an issue now, if Harry Kane keeps scoring 25-30 plus goals a season – which are Alan Shearer numbers by the way – then he will surely look for a move elsewhere.
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