Manchester United: How could Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team could look next season with transfer targets, including Kieran Trippier, Nicolas Pepe, and Joao Felix
The wheels have well and truly come off for Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Red Devils were dismantled 4-0 by Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday, dealing the Old Trafford chief his sixth defeat in his last eight games.
The side is in urgent need of another huge spend in the summer – and the £200million war chest that Solskjaer was promised may not be enough to cover it.
Before the Norwegian is judged, however, he must be given time to formulate his own squad with his own targets as many of his current crop, including Paul Pogba who has been heavily linked to Real Madrid, look set to be leaving the club in the summer.
But how could a line-up with his own signings look next season? talkSPORT.com has identified all United’s current targets and, although it is unlikely all of them will be signed, built a potential Red Devils XI for next term.
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Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich)
Man United are ramping up their search for a new centre-back and according to German outlet Sport1, Bayern Munich defender Niklas Sule is at the top of Solskjaer’s wish-list.
The Germany international, 23, has shone for the Bavarian outfit this season, displacing Jerome Boateng to become a mainstay in the Bayern team.
United have reportedly ‘enquired’ about the possibility of signing him in the summer and he is said to be keen on a move to the Premier League.
However, the German champions have no desire to cash in on the defender, but if they did let him go a bid in the region of £40million may be enough to prise him away from Germany.
Kieran Trippier (Tottenham)
United are also reportedly targeting Tottenham right-back Kieran Trippier.
The England star’s career in north London is hanging in the balance after a poor season following his World Cup heroics.
He has been the weak link in Mauricio Pochettino’s side this campaign, with an own goal against Chelsea and a missed penalty against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup just two of his worst moments.
However, according to Gianluca Di Marzio, the Red Devils are keen to bring in the England star to replace the outgoing Antonio Valencia – who is set to leave the club after nearly 11 years.
However, they face competition from abroad to capture his signature, with Napoli also monitoring the situation of the out-of-form right back.
Idrissa Gueye (Everton)
Another player who could be on the way to Old Trafford is Everton’s nimble box-to-box midfielder Gueye.
The Senegal international has made his name as one of the best Toffees players in recent seasons and was once again impressive against United on the weekend.
He has been likened to N’Golo Kante for his work rate and could be a natural successor for the departing Ander Hererra, who is set to leave for PSG.
United have often used a three-man midfield in recent seasons, but with Nemanja Matic ageing and his form seemingly on a downward spiral, a move for Gueye could see that change where he could occupy a sole spot in front of defence.
Joao Felix (Benfica)
Another player who has been linked with a move to United is Benfica wonderkid Joao Felix.
The Portuguese playmaker has risen to be one of the hottest properties in world football for his stellar performances in the Primeira Liga.
He has netted 11 goals and added six assists in 21 matches – and recently made history by becoming the youngest ever player to net a Europa League hat-trick.
At just 19 years old, Felix has been touted to be one of the best players in the future – however, Man City are also keen on signing the starlet, with reports claiming they have met with the agent of the teenager.
Nicolas Pepe (Lille)
Another player who has been linked with a move to Old Trafford is Lille forward Pepe.
The 23-year-old winger is expected to be one of the most in-demand players when the summer transfer window opens.
Telefoot claims the Ivory Coast winger will leave the Ligue 1 outfit in the summer after two seasons with the club.
Pepe has been in stunning form this season – netting 19 goals and adding a further 11 assists in 32 league matches – and interest is hotting up in the forward.
Only Kylian Mbappe has scored more Ligue 1 goals than Pepe (27) this term, however, Chelsea have also emerged as another contender for his signature as they prepare for life without Eden Hazard in the Premier League.
Have a look at the line-up in full below…
Source: SportsLatest TS