Man Utd’s improved 4-2-2-2 XI if Ralf Rangnick signs Boubacar Kamara in January

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Manchester United are reportedly eyeing a January move for Marseille star Boubacar Kamara. The Red Devils have endured a difficult campaign so far and Ralf Rangnick, after replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, wants to bolster his side’s midfield. Now, it’s possible they’ll swoop for the 22-year-old – whose contract expires at the end of the season.

Manchester United have been linked with a plethora of different midfielders in recent times.

Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice have both been tipped to move to Old Trafford but, with both players impressing for Leeds and West Ham respectively, the Red Devils may have to swoop for alternatives.

Last week, The Athletic claimed United are keeping tabs on Kamara’s situation as they look for a way to climb up the Premier League table.

With the 22-year-old poised to become a free agent, it’s possible the Red Devils will try and get the midfielder in for a bargain fee.

So Express Sport will now take a look at how United could line up if they’re successful in bringing Kamara to Old Trafford this winter.

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Goalkeeper: De Gea

At the start of the season, David De Gea was facing a fight to save his United career.

He was dire throughout large spells of the previous campaign, even being dropped for Dean Henderson towards the end of it.

But De Gea has been back to his best for United this season, emerging as one of the best players despite the club’s issues.

With two clean sheets in his last two matches, the 31-year-old now appears to be getting what his fine performances deserve.

Rangnick simply has no reason to drop De Gea right now – and that speaks volumes about the player and his ability to bounce back from adversity.


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Defence: Dalot, Maguire, Varane, Telles

Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw were both regulars throughout Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s time in the dugout.

Yet both players have regressed this term and, therefore, may struggle to win Rangnick round and get back into the team.

Diogo Dalot and Alex Telles have both done well in recent weeks, with the pair defying their critics to come good.

At centre-back, Victor Lindelof has been consistent.

But the Sweden international is still expected to move back to the bench once Raphael Varane regains full fitness.

Midfield: KAMARA, McTominay, Fernandes, Sancho

While Fred has been better since the departure of Solskjaer, Kamara could get into the team at the Brazil international’s expense.

His dynamism would offer the Red Devils an energetic presence in the middle of the park and, alongside Scott McTominay, the duo would have the makings of a promising partnership.

Rangnick may deploy both players deep in order to free up his attacking players.

So far, he’s played Bruno Fernandes and Jadon Sancho in the advanced positions – though neither asset has really shown they’re comfortable there.

But with Paul Pogba wanting out and Donny van de Beek still frustratingly short on confidence, it’s hard to see Fernandes and Sancho losing their spots in the team right now.

Forwards: Ronaldo, Greenwood

United could soon be without Edinson Cavani, with Barcelona eyeing the veteran on a free transfer ahead of next month.

Likewise Anthony Martial, with Juventus and Newcastle both interested in snapping up the France international.

With Marcus Rashford out of sorts recently, it’s possible Mason Greenwood will soon be deployed up top with Cristiano Ronaldo.

That, certainly, has the makings of a mouthwatering double act up top.

And with Sancho and Fernandes providing the ammunition, and Kamara stopping opposition attacks, the future could be bright for Rangnick’s side. 

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