Manchester United vs Real Madrid: Potential XI with Jose Mourinho's strongest midfield

Sheri Evans
August 6, 2017

Man United start the contest in a reasonable position, and manager Jose Mourinho has some advantages under his belt.

In the 2016/17 season, Manchester United had a successful season; despite finishing in 6th place in the Premier League. He has talked of helping the new signings integrate and adapt to Mourinho's methods and tactics. He's quite frankly surrounded by more fellow goalscorers than he had past year with the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, and Paul Pogba roaming about.

Paul Pogba returned to Manchester United last summer from Juventus for a world record fee of £89 million, there was obviously much expected from him.

In spite of his slightly expensive price tag, Valencia is sure to bring you points in plenty.

Mourinho gave Matteo Darmian 76 minutes of action on Wednesday and must have been impressed by the Italian international's unflustered defensive work and ability to get forward.

Last season, only Ibrahimovic reached double figures in the Premier League, with Juan Mata's six the next best.

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But, after his performances during United's pre-season tour, he's set to be included in Jose Mourinho's Premier League and Champions League squads next season, according to the Duncan Castles. Such a young player needs time.

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He will also know that he didn't always give Pogba the flawless platform to show his proficiency last season.

Some sections of social media have written Lindelof off already (because every mistake requires a knee-jerk reaction) but Mourinho has a decent record for picking out defenders. Lukaku is an interesting acquisition for many reasons, particularly for what he does for the side's style of play as a whole.

In the end, Pogba is a player that makes a huge impact on the game. He's typically better at right-back than left, but he certainly hasn't done enough to assure the fans he can be relied upon, even if he has enjoyed a good preseason.

Mourinho remains convinced that he can help to push United back to the summit once more, but concedes that the task is more hard than it once was.

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