Man Utd’s dream, worst and realistic line ups after January transfer window

Manchester United have had an indifferent start to the season, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side picking up impressive wins over the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig in the Champions League as well as succumbing to a 6-1 thrashing from Tottenham and disappointing losses against Crystal Palace and Istanbul Basaksehir.

United currently sit 14th in the Premier League but are top of their Champions League group.

With the January transfer window looming, United have already been linked with a number of potential new signings but who could end up making the move to Old Trafford?

Mirror Football takes a look at United's dream, worst and most realistic line-ups.

Dream

United's defence has been criticised and signing a new centre-back in the form of Dayot Upamecano would be a dream transfer in January, with it appearing more likely the Frenchman will not leave RB Leipzig until the summer.

Jadon Sancho was heavily linked with a summer switch to Old Trafford and, although it is unlikely he will join them in January, the addition of the Englishman on the right would strengthen the Red Devils attack.

United also need to ensure that summer signings Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani are up to speed and figure out a way to get the best out of Paul Pogba and Donny van de Beek.

Worst

The worst case scenario for United would involve them failing to strengthen in the market, continuing their struggle to figure out the best system and the potential departure for Paul Pogba.

The Frenchman is continually linked with a move away and, even though he has not been a regular in the starting XI so far this season, Pogba leaving would be a blow.

Realistic

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have missed out on Jadon Sancho in the summer, but he still made some big moves in the transfer market with Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani all arriving.

But their start to the season has been a mixed bag, with a home defeat to Crystal Palace and a 6-1 thrashing by Spurs at one end of the scale, and a tremendous 2-1 win over PSG in Paris at the other.

The question now is whether they can find the right balance?

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Realistically, though, it seems unlikely United will spend big in January this time around and Solskjaer will instead look to get the best out of his current crop of players.

A Pogba departure is far more likely to happen in the summer, given the ongoing financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and it remains to be seen what role he will play for United this season.

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