Manchester United could be blessed with a new-look line-up if they successfully appoint Luis Enrique before the January transfer window.
The current Spain boss is reportedly on the Red Devils’ radar amid claims that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s fate is sealed after private discussions. Express Sport looks at how United could line up under the Spaniard:
Goalkeeper: De Gea
After a power struggle between the sticks last campaign, David De Gea has been firmly reinstated as United’s number one this season.
Back-up Dean Henderson has seen hsis game time plummet as a result, but the Spaniard’s performances alone make that a necessary evil.
As a Spanish international with 45 caps, there would be little doubt about who Enrique’s preferred stopper would be if he was appointed as manager.
Having slipped behind Unai Simon in the national team pecking order though, he may still have to find an extra gear to keep the manager’s faith in the long term.
Defence: Dest, Maguire, Varane, Shaw
Enrique’s first foray into the transfer market could be to find a right-back, with an attacking alternative to Aaron Wan-Bissaka a long-term fixture on United’s priority list.
Using his healthy relationship and solid contacts at former club Barcelona, United could make a move for American youngster Sergino Dest.
So far this campaign, the 21-year-old has already notched three assists in La Liga, while keeping experienced campaigner Sergi Roberto out of the team.
In Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane and Luke Shaw, the Red Devils have an experienced and solid back-line that should, in theory, rival any other in the Premier League.
Midfield: Fernandes, De Jong, Olmo
With the likes of Scott McTominay and Fred leaving lots to be desired this campaign, United could undergo a strategy of strengthening in the middle of the park.
El Chiringuito reported this week that Barcelona are prepared to sanction the sale of Frenkie de Jong at the right price, and the club could be wise to snap him up given his ability to take the ball in tight spaces.
Gifted RB Leipzig midfielder Dani Olmo, who had a brief overlap with Enrique at Barca, has also been linked to several top clubs ahead of the January window, although his release clause is believed to be over £60million.
While Paul Pogba’s ongoing contract standoff could soon leave him out of the equation, Bruno Fernandes is still a fixture of United’s side and would surely continue to be so under Enrique.
Attack: Rashford, Ronaldo, Greenwood
One area of the pitch which surely needs little tampering with is attack.
In light of Enrique’s preference for a front three, the Spaniard would be spoilt for choice given United’s hoard of talent, spearheaded by the iconic Cristiano Ronaldo.
Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood have both shown solid form this campaign, although the likes of Jadon Sancho, Anthony Martial and Amad Diallo could be knocking on the door by the time of Enrique’s prospective appointment.