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How Man United could line up at the start of next season will make other teams tremble in fear

With the likes of Antoine Greizmann and James Rodriguez possibly joining the Europa League winners, Jose Mourinho could field a devastating XI

It says a lot about Man United that some fans feel disappointed by their season despite the fact they won three trophies.

Triumphs in the Community Shield, EFL Cup and Europa League were offset by an eternity spent in sixth place.

A club of United’s stature should always be in the title race.

Paul Pogba dedicated the win to the memory of his father, but also all those killed at the Manchester Arena

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Treble-winner… of sorts

And so once again the club are preparing to spend obscene amounts of money to bolster the squad and ensure their return to the Champions League is a joyous one.

Here we’ve imagine the starting XI Jose Mourinho could field on the opening day of the 2017/18 Premier League season.

Be afraid, be very afraid

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Be afraid, be very afraid

How about that then?

The hugely impressive Eric Bailly and the dedicated Antonio Valencia retain their spots.

Although Benfica right-back Nelson Semedo, the 23-year-old with the highest release clause in Portugal, could slot in if he fancied a move to Old Trafford.

The two new additions in the backline are Victor Lindelof, also of Portuguese champions Benfica, and Monaco’s tireless left-back Benjamin Mendy.

Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones provide the cover; a trio with over 100 international between them.

Victor Lindelof has been linked with Man United for the last year

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Victor Lindelof has been linked with Man United for the last year

The Ander Herrera/Paul Pogba fulcrum could be a feature of United’s tactics for years to come.

Ahead of them we’ve got an attacking trio of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, James Rodriguez and Antoine Griezmann.

The Colombian No10 is the reigning World Cup Golden Boot holder while the 26-year-old Frenchman finished behind only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in both the Ballon d’Or and FIFA’s The Best awards.

With a spot in the Champions League secured, Griezmann looks set to follow in his idol David Beckham’s footsteps and become United’s No7.

Signing Rodriguez and Griezmann will take a pile of money so large you could get lost in it but reports suggest United are prepared to spend a record-breaking amount of money this summer.

Announce Griezmann!

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Announce Griezmann!

Up top we’ve got Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The enigmatic Swede will be very tempted to sign on for another year given the Europa League success and the club’s ambition.

If not then feel free to imagine Marcus Rashford or Anthony Martial in there instead.

United are without talismanic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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One more year! One more year!

No doubt Man City and Chelsea will spend millions as well but this proposed XI is one for all of United’s opponents to fear.

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