How Man Utd will line-up next season in dream scenario as Woodward makes promise

Manchester United are there or there abouts this season.

But the pressure will be on in the next campaign to go one step further and win a first Premier League title since 2013.

To Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's credit, the Red Devils boss has done a great job in stabilising things after the departure of Jose Mourinho and turning Manchester United into regular top four contenders.

The Norwegian has assembled a very strong team with quality in every area of the field, and has overseen United's best signing in some time by welcoming Bruno Fernandes to the club.

But, as aforementioned, he must go one better next season.

Solskjaer must prove to those upstairs that he has what it takes to mix it up with Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.

This summer will be crucial for Manchester United if they are to hit the ground running next season and put down an early marker in the title race.

They have already been linked with a handful of players, and if they can sign the ones they need then there is no reason why they can't storm to glory.

United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward recently provided an update in which he vowed to back Solskjaer in the summer transfer window.

"We will continue to support Ole with a planned, long-term approach to recruitment, focused on the summer windows," said Woodward.

So who are the players on Solskjaer's summer transfer wishlist? And, in a dream scenario, how will United line up next season?

Well, as you'd expect, there are hundreds of players linked with a move to Old Trafford, but we've whittled this down to three semi-realistic signings.

We say semi-realistic because although they're all signings Manchester United could feasible make, landing them all in one go may be difficult.

Question marks have been raised over David de Gea in recent months.

The once assured Spanish shot-stopper has the odd mistake in him these days, but the pressure of Dean Henderson breathing down his neck means he has to step things up.

Solskjaer will definitely be looking at long-term replacements for between the sticks, but it's not going to be a priority signing in this summer's transfer window.

The United boss is more than happy with his full-backs Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw, and they will continue to run the flanks next season.

Harry Maguire is United captain and will remain at centre-back, but in an ideal world for the Red Devils he will be partnered with someone new next season.

United have been linked with a whole host of defenders already from Raphael Varane to Tyrone Mings, but the dream signing would be Jules Kounde.

The Sevilla star doesn't have the experience of Varane, but he's five years younger than his compatriot at Real Madrid and would cost around the same.

That said, a transfer for the talented centre-back would still see a whopping £60million disappear from the Old Trafford bank account.

In midfield Solskjaer is happy with both Scott McTominay and Fred, and will likely rotate the duo to partner Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.

Solskjaer may then wish to get the chequebook out once again and sign some attacking recruits this summer with some very big names on his wishlist.

Jadon Sancho agreed terms with United last summer but Dortmund refused to sell unless they were offered £108million for the forward.

United are set to rekindle their interest in the Englishman this summer but could sign Sancho for around £20million less, according to reports from Germany.

Out left Solskjaer will no doubt stick with the ever-improving Marcus Rashford. But he could break the bank once more to sign a front man for United.

Currently, Man United's best striker is Edinson Cavani, but the forward is out of contract in the summer and is yet to sign an extension.

One name at the very top of United's wishlist is a man Solskjaer knows well from his time at Molde, Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.

The Norwegian is one of the most sought after players on the planet right now, and can be signed for the price of his £65million release clause in 2021.

Should United sign all three players it would take their spending to around £215million, which would certainly mean they'd have to sell some deadwood.

Like we say, this is very much the dream scenario for Man United, but should Solskjaer close any of these deals then it may be on for the Red Devils next season.

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