Manchester United’s 25-man roster, including four new signings for Erik ten Hag’s rebuilding – Steven Railston

Manchester United cannot leave enough in the coming months after a disastrous campaign.

United signed Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo over the summer and were expected to compete for the Premier League title, but that challenge never started. United were shamefully eliminated from all cup competitions in March and they face the challenge of reluctantly securing Europa League football before the end of the season.

Interim manager Ralf Rangnick is in charge of United for two more games. Erik ten Hag, currently manager of Ajax, will take the reins after the German’s departure and he will face the biggest challenge of his career to transform United’s fortunes.

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United are in need of a major refurbishment and multiple club departures are expected, so what could Ten Hag’s perfect 25-man squad for next season look like? We’ve taken a look below and analyzed some potential income and expenses.

The goalkeeping situation at United has been unhealthy for a while. Dean Henderson, 25, has proven to be ready for regular playing time in the first team and should be able to leave if Ten Hag wants David de Gea as his number 1 stopper. While De Gea has been United’s star this season, there are doubts about his distribution and his long-term suitability for Ten Hag’s style.

Given that Harry Maguire has just endured a nightmare campaign and Raphael Varane’s injury record, United must sign a world-class centre-back. Villarreal’s Pau Torres is back on United’s radar and would make a smart addition to central defence. United would eventually have to sell Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe to ease the financial obligation of that transfer.

The full-backs currently on United’s roster are not good enough, with the exception of Luke Shaw. He still has enough credit in the bank to keep his place after a mixed season, but Diogo Dalot, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Alex Telles don’t. The latter must be sold – he cannot defend – and Tariq Lamptey should be used as a right-back in an ideal world.

As for the three-man midfield, United just need to put on a specialist defensive midfielder. United have a stake in Kalvin Phillips and he would be an excellent asset for a transfer fee that should be lower than West Ham’s valuation of Declan Rice.

Bruno Fernandes’ place in the starting eleven never seems vulnerable – rightly or wrongly – and Fred should take the final starting position. Scott McTominay, James Garner, Donny van de Beek and Hannibal Mejbri can provide those places.

It would be foolish of Ten Hag not to include Cristiano Ronaldo in his plans. Ronaldo has scored 24 goals in 38 appearances this season and he has had to take on the burden of scoring United’s goals with his own hands, which has to change.

Darwin Nunez, 22, is one of Europe’s most exciting centre-forward strikers and could be scoring for years to come at Old Trafford. Although Nunez is a striker, Benfica starts in a 3-4-3 formation as the left striker and drifts in and could switch positions with Ronaldo during a match. Rangnick recently suggested that Ronaldo doesn’t want to play as a lone number 9.

Anthony Martial has been whistled by Sevilla fans during his time in Spain and that’s all you need to know. If United can find a willing buyer, his time at the club should end. Amad and Alejandro Garnacho could receive permanent promotions to the first team.

goalkeepers: DeGea, Heaton, Mastny.

Defenders: Varane, Torres, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw, Lamptey, Dalot, Wan-Bissaka,

Midfielders: Fred, McTominay, Phillips, Fernandes, Garner, Van de Beek, Hannibal.

ahead: Ronaldo, Nunez, Rashford, Sancho, Amad, Garnacho, Elanga.

How United could stand in line.

To sell: Henderson, Jones, Bailly, Tuanzebe, Martial, Pereira, Telles, Williams.

Edition: Grant, Matic, Pogba, Lingard, Mata, Cavani.

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