MANCHESTER UNITED could build the team around four specific players ahead of new manager Erik ten Hag’s arrival.
And that doesn’t include Paul Pogba, whose contract runs out in June and is set to leave as a free agent after definitely playing his last game at Liverpool.
According to Manchester Evening News, Ten Hag could build his team around Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane, Scott McTominay and Fred.
United have relied a lot on Ronaldo despite his advanced age of 37 as they haven’t won any of the four Premier League games he missed this season.
It’s a similar story with Varane as the Red Devils only lost two Prem matches in which he has started this season,
The Manchester giants have also never lost in any competition when the France international and under-fire captain Harry Maguire have played the entirety of a game.
Fred and McTominay have endured a fair share of criticism but interim boss Ralf Rangnick, who is set to move up to a consultancy role at the club in June, insists they are very important in the game.
United’s frontline often struggles when the Brazilian is not playing in midfield.
McTominay has also proven his loyalty to the club by agreeing to participate even when he’s not fully fit, such as against Liverpool when he decided to be on the squad.
For all his limitations, the Scotland international carries the right mentality the club needs for years to come.
Pogba is highly unlikely to be part of United’s new era as Rangnick himself admitted he seems to have played his last game for the club.
The club-record signing hobbled out of Tuesday’s 4-0 humiliation at Anfield with a calf injury that will keep him out for a month.
There’s no desire on either side for the France international’s deal to be renewed, ending a sorry six years at Old Trafford.
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Rangnick said: “Paul has had a scan. It is very unlikely he will play again this season.
“The doctor told me it will take four weeks minimum for him to recover and the last game is end of May I don’t think it’s very likely he will play again.”