How Man Utd could line up with Mino Raiola clients Matthijs de Ligt and Erling Haaland
Manchester United have been repeatedly criticised by Mino Raiola in recent months for their handling of Paul Pogba. But that will unlikely deter the club from trying to sign Juventus and Borussia Dortmund stars Matthijs de Ligt and Erling Haaland when the transfer window reopens at the end of the campaign.
Manchester United have a rocky relationship with Raiola, having found dealing with the super-agent difficult over the years.
The 52-year-old has been critical of the club’s handling of Pogba, slamming both Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during the Frenchman’s time at Old Trafford.
But that won’t stop United from eyeing deals for De Ligt and Haaland.
De Ligt is on their radar, with the Juventus star struggling to settle in Serie A ever since his blockbuster summer move from Ajax.
And, though Haaland turned United down in January, he’s another who is still admired by the Red Devils.
Express Sport now takes a look at how the duo could fit in to Solskjaer’s side at Old Trafford.
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Matthijs de Ligt
United actually thought about signing De Ligt last summer on the back of a terrific campaign for Ajax where he helped them reach the Champions League semi-finals.
In the end they moved for Harry Maguire, with the 20-year-old joining Juventus.
But United boss Solskjaer admires De Ligt and would relish the chance to field him alongside Maguire at the back.
It would be cruel on both Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly, who have both shown signs of improvement over the last few months.
But a centre-back axis of Maguire and De Ligt would be solid. Both are ball-playing defenders and would fit Solskjaer’s style of play, too.
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United have seen Anthony Martial shine in the No 9 role this season.
But the France international simply doesn’t carry the same goal threat as Haaland, who has enjoyed a sensational campaign.
United wanted him to join in January but were left reeling when the youngster chose to pursue a new challenge with Borussia Dortmund instead.
Yet Solskjaer doesn’t harbour a grudge against his compatriot and would still love to bring him to Old Trafford.
Haaland has bagged 40 goals this season already – and United need a striker with that ruthless edge.
Jadon Sancho and Paul Pogba
Jadon Sancho also makes this side, with United confident they’ll win the race for the England international this summer.
The Red Devils have offered him the No 7 shirt and wages worth £400,000-a-week.
And United believe he’ll be theres.
Pogba should leave, however.
He could be used in a swap deal with Juventus for De Ligt, while Real Madrid are still interested in securing his signature.
Full United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, De Ligt, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, McTominay, Sancho, Fernandes, Rashford, Haaland
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