Manchester United Dream XI: Featuring World Cup sensation Ivan Perisic
Manchester United have been busy in the summer transfer window, completing deals for Fred and Diogo Dalot. Mourinho must make a strong comeback after failing to mount a title challenge last time out.
The Red Devils endured a largely frustrating campaign with lots of up and downs last season. The club received heavy criticism after signing a number of high-profile players over the last two years. Hence, Manchester United must bolster their attack with firepower. The club have been linked with Croatian winger Ivan Perisic and Mourinho is reportedly interested in snatching the Inter Milan man away from the Serie A.
Perisic has been impressive for club and country throughout the last year. He guided Croatia’s golden generation to the finals of the FIFA World Cup. The winger scored 2 goals and provided 1 assist in 6 games for his country. Perisic also made a total of 37 appearances in the Serie A last season, scoring 11 goals and providing 9 assists in that time. He has been one of Inter’s standout performers over the last few years.
Here we take a look at how the Croatian can fit into Jose Mourinho’s setup at Manchester United.
Manchester United Dream XI
Manager: Jose Mourinho
David De Gea (GK)
Widely regarded as the best goalkeeper in the world, De Gea claimed his Golden Glove last season in the Premier League. He didn’t display his best for Spain at the World Cup but the goalkeeper is a sure starter for the Red Devils next season.
Diogo Dalot (RB)
The right-back was signed after impressing in the Portuguese league last season. The 19-year-old also possesses Champions League experience and could be a regular feature for the Red Devils next season.
Eric Bailly (CB)
Bailly joined the club in 2016 and if it wasn’t for a few injuries, he would easily be one of their best defenders. He is expected to play a major role this time around.
Chris Smalling (CB)
Smalling was a regular feature under Mourinho last season. In fact, he was one of their best defenders as Manchester United often shut out opposition attackers. The Englishman is expected to partner Bailly in defence.
Ashley Young (LB)
One of United’s most consistent players over the years, Young’s raids down the left flank are unparalleled and he will once again play a huge role in the squad.
Nemanja Matic (CDM)
The defensive powerhouse was sold by Chelsea but he has proven his worth with Manchester United. Matic brings stability in the middle of the park and that will be crucial for Mourinho in the upcoming season.
Paul Pogba (LCM)
Pogba was often restricted to a deep-lying role last season but he his skills are remarkable. He will be expected to hit new heights next season.
The former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder was signed after a string of impressive performances for his club. He could be one of their biggest attacking threats going forward.
Alexis Sanchez (LW)
Sanchez didn’t take the Premier League by storm since moving to United He took his time to settle into the squad but the player should hit the ground running next season.
Romelu Lukaku (ST)
The striker was often compared to Alvaro Morata last season, but Lukaku surely came out on top after showing everyone what he is capable of. He was impressive for the Belgians in the World Cup as well.
Ivan Perisic (RW)
Perisic’s versatility will allow him to slot into the right-wing role. His crosses and runs down the right wing will be crucial for the Red Devils.