Manchester United may have three great double acts if John Murtough gets his targets

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Manchester United want to strengthen the squad this summer. Having finished second in the Premier League table under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but failed to win a trophy, John Murtough and the Norwegian know they require reinforcements. And several players are being linked with moves to Old Trafford.

Manchester United enjoyed a good enough campaign under Solskjaer, especially when you consider their previous campaign only ended in August.

With just a few weeks to drill new ideas into his squad’s heads, the Norwegian’s side initially experienced a difficult start.

But United bounced back to finish second in the table, above fierce rivals Chelsea and Liverpool.

Now, they’re ready to go after big targets with everything they’ve got. The Glazers are on board, determined to prove they’re committed to the cause.

So Express Sport will now take a look at three great double acts the club may next season if Murtough is successful in signing targets Raphael Varane, Declan Rice and Jadon Sancho.

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In defence: Maguire and Varane

Before United’s Europa League final to Villarreal, many within the footballing world were still questioning Harry Maguire.

But with the England international out, the Red Devils’ defence looked uncertain with the likes of Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly failing to shine.

United want to sign Varane from Real Madrid, who they believe can partner the 28-year-old over the next few years.

A partnership of the France international and Maguire would certainly be solid, with the 2018 World Cup winner a sure upgrade on Lindelof and Bailly.

And though Chelsea have emerged as potential suitors, it’s United who appear to be frontrunners at the current moment in time.

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In midfield: Rice and McTominay

With Paul Pogba’s contract at United expires next summer, it’s possible the club will cut their losses on the France international.

And a potential replacement is Rice, with Solskjaer and Murtough both believing he’s got all the skills required to be a big Old Trafford hit.

United have great faith in Scott McTominay, who they’ll aim to morph into a box to box midfielder over the coming years.

And Rice would offer the 24-year-old a license to go forward.

Signing him won’t be cheap but with West Ham’s own transfer budget restricted this summer, they may find themselves forced to cash in to bolster other areas of the squad.

In attack: Sancho and Rashford

Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho have never hidden their admiration for each other.

And the two friends, who play video games together in their downtime, could soon be about to become team-mates at club level.

Gareth Southgate may deploy the pair together in the upcoming European Championships and United are hoping to sign Sancho before then, having missed out three times in the past.

If that happens, they’re likely to play alongside Edinson Cavani in attack.

And that would give United one of the strongest attacks in the entire planet.

United must get their business done early

Former United star Luke Chadwick recently expressed a belief his old side should get their transfer business done early this summer.

“I think it’s imperative that someone comes in early, and a big-name signing as well,” Chadwick told CaughtOffside.

“Obviously there’s a huge disappointment from the fanbase after the defeat last night.

“I know Ole’s won a lot of the fans over, but there’s going to be huge pressure because it’s another trophyless season.

“I think you can appease fans a lot if a Kane, or a Haaland, or a Sancho came in in the next few weeks, just showing that they’re serious about strengthening and doing so quickly.

“It was such a merry-go-round last summer, Sancho was kind of on and off, and then Telles and Cavani came in late doors, so I think it’s important that the planning around the off-season, the recruitment, is all in place and they’re ready to go early.”

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