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Manchester United’s squad 2015/16: How strong is it?

by Sam Peoples

The Jose Mourinho era is well and truly underway at Manchester United.

Having signed three players already and getting off to a fiery start in his first press conference, the 53-year-old is keen to get Man United back on the map and competing on all fronts.

For reasons outside of the players control, many of them underperformed last year. Whether not playing in the right positions or being forced to play in a way unnatural to them, there was a feeling that many of them were held back last year.

A new season with a new manager means everybody will be given a fair chance to shine in the position they feel best suited to over the coming weeks.

The signing of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have improved attacking options but United will struggled again in defence and holding midfield.

Behind Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling, the options become particularly susceptible and this is compounded when you look at holding midfield. If any type of significnt injury is sustained by these players, United might be in a situation where sending players to different positions is the only options.

Here’s how our squad currently looks:

Mourinho said Wayne Rooney would play as a number nine or a number ten and whie he is probably not first choice in either position, he adds depth and versatility to the squad as a season attacker. Anthony Martial is a bonafide star in the making and Mkhitaryan will provide plenty of juice on the right wing.

Their back-ups are young, versatile and hungry and will be given playing time based on the busy nature of United’s calendar, which includes Europa League.

Reinforcements are needed in defence and midfield but given how quickly Mourinho has worked thus far, they might be just around the corner and in attack, United look like they are in pretty good shape.

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