United have experienced a tough start to the season and currently find themselves eighth in the Premier League.
Securing a Champions League spot will be the bear minimum expectation placed on Jose Mourinho’s shoulders.
And he may be backed by Ed Woodward in January once again to ensure Manchester United do not miss out on qualification for Europe’s elite club competition.
The executive vice-chairman pieced together a deal for Alexis Sanchez last year, with the Chilean finally showing promising signs that he can rediscover is Arsenal form.
Sanchez has improved since leading the line for United in place of the injured Romelu Lukaku.
And he can expect to remain up front as long as he keeps delivering the goods for Jose Mourinho.
At the opposite end of the pitch will be David De Gea, despite concerns over his long-term future.
United have the option to extend the goalkeeper’s contract by 12 months so there is no need to sell him in January.
Luke Shaw will retain the left-back slot if he continues to impress, while Diogo Dalot can make right-back his own.
The Portuguese has battled back from a knee injury and Mourinho might see his countryman as the perfect mirror to the rampaging but defensively astute Shaw.
Eric Bailly should win back his starting place once Mourinho decides he’s had enough of the tough love treatment.
And the former Villarreal man could be partnered by Toby Alderweireld, who Mourinho watched play for Belgium on Thursday night.
The United boss is a big fan of the Tottenham centre-back and Spurs may be forced to cash in in January.
Further forward Nemanja Matic has struggled to replicate the form he showed after joining United.
And Ander Herrera might be brought in to play a similar role to Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante.
Paul Pogba, finally back on positive terms with Mourinho, will operate from the right of the midfield three.
While £52m man Fred is due a fair crack in the team and can shine alongside Herrera and Pogba.
Anthony Martial has staked a claim for the left wing spot to be his own over the past six weeks.
And he will flank frontman Sanchez, along with potential new signing Marko Arnautovic.
The Austria international wants out of West Ham and a reunion with his old Inter Milan gaffer Mourinho might be on the cards.
United could also offload a number of players when the transfer window opens in January.
Chris Smalling is entering the final six months of his contract and may be given the nod to find a long-term deal elsewhere.
The same is true for Phil Jones, with the England man failing to live up to Sir Alex Ferguson’s lofty expectations.
Matteo Darmian, meanwhile, never really got going in Manchester and might return to Serie A.
Meanwhile, former Liverpool and England midfielder Steve McMahon, reckons the club will not back Mourinho in the transfer market until he gets the best out of the players he currently has.
“I think Graeme Souness made a great point when he said ‘Is he getting the best out of what he’s got?’,” he said on The Debate.
“Now, if you’re the owners of the club or the chairman, you’ve got to say ‘first of all, get the best out of what you’ve got and then you can add to it’.
“If you’re not getting the best out of what you’ve got, then you’re going to struggle.”
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