Manchester United: Early Predictions For Next Season’s Lineup

Defense

RB: Matteo Darmian

Though the Italian defender has struggled at times throughout his first season at Old Trafford, mainly due to injury, he has a very bright future both at the club and International level. Backup Guillermo Varela has established himself in contention for the right back role but Darmian was purchased as the long-term solution and it will remain that way next season.

CB: John Stones (Everton)

Mourinho is a big admirer of the young English center back and he will likely target him if appointed manager of United. Though the price would be steep and Everton are difficult negotiators, the move is possible. Stones has the makings of a future International star and would jump at the possibility of a step up to United.

CB: Chris Smalling

Smalling has developed into one of the best center backs in the Premier League and is in contention to be a future captain of both club and country. Expect him to remain a mainstay in the United starting eleven next season.

LB: Luke Shaw

The youngster has unfortunately been held back by injuries but is a very talented left back and if fit, is one of United’s most exciting players.

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