Squad Depth Analysis: Here Are 2 Completely Different Squads That Jose Mourinho Can Line-Up For Manchester United This Season

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Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United side have been a treat to watch so far. The Red Devils have won all three of their Premier League games and are looking in a great shape at the moment. The Manchester club might be targeting the league title but they have the distraction of the Europa League this time around.

The Red Devils should take that competition seriously as winning it will give them a guaranteed spot in the Champions League next season. Jose Mourinho had stated that he will be taking no games lightly and would want to do his best in every game. The best way to ensure that is to have a good squad, something that United are blessed with at the moment.

The record Premier League champions have a lot of quality in their side and can field out two different XIs to deal with the rigours of playing in so many games.

Here is a look at their first XI which probably features their best players.

First XI

The goalkeeper has to be David de Gea. There isn’t any better keeper in England than the Spanish star and United have done well to hold onto him despite a continues interest from Real Madrid. Furthermore, the right-back for the side would be Antonio Valencia. The Ecuadorian has revitalized his form under the Portuguese and is now looking all confident to surpass the natural full-back, Matteo Darmian.

The central defenders should feature Chris Smalling, who was United’s best defender last season and Eric Bailly. The new defender moved from Villarreal and the Ivorian has constantly put in man-of-the-match performances for the side.

And last but not the least, Luke Shaw completes the defence as the left-back. The Englishman has recovered from a long-term injury and seems to be back at his best.

The midfield would have to feature the world’s most expensive player, Paul Pogba. There are no doubts that the Frenchman has to start in every game for United and looking at the recent performances, he will most probably partner up with the Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini. The Belgian might not be a crowd favourite but he does provide a lot of cover for the defence.

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The trio playing ahead of the midfield should feature Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the right, Anthony Martial on the left and Wayne Rooney. The England captain should be the main link with the solitary striker while the other wide men would be looking to cut in and support the attack.

The man to lead United forward has to be Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swede has been excellent since the first game and should be a sure shot for the Golden boot if he continues playing in this vein.

Second XI

The second XI could be used for the cup games and the Europa League but even this side does have a lot of quality. The goalkeeper for the side would be Sergio Romero, the Argentine keeper. Even though Romero has not seen a lot of playing time, he still is a decent back-up keeper.

The defence would feature a centre-back pairing of Daley Blind and Phil Jones. While Blind has played a number of games this season, he deserves to be played in midfield. Jones, on the other hand, needs a little help if he is to fulfil his potential as a defender.

The right-back would be Matteo Darmian, the Italian is still trying to settle down in the Premier League, but we are pretty sure that he will cope with it eventually. The left-back for the side would be another Argentine, Marcos Rojo, thus completing the defence for this side.

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The midfield would feature Morgan Schneiderlin, who hasn’t started a game for Jose Mourinho till date. The attacking aspect of the midfield would be looked after by Ander Herrera, who just can’t seem to get a game for the side.

The front four would feature a lot of youthfulness and a bit of experience. The striker leading the line would be the rising star, that is Marcus Rashford and he would be assisted by Juan Mata, playing just behind him.

The two wide men would be Memphis Depay on the right and Jesse Lingard on the left, though they can switch as and when required. Both players though need to perform this season if they are to cement a place in the starting XI of United.

United have a great squad to be honest and they do look destined for a trophy this season.