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How Manchester United Could Lineup With Tyrell Malacia And Frenkie de Jong

You know what they say about transfers… you wait ages for one to happen and then two come along at once.

It’s been a long time coming, but United are finally about to make their mark in the summer transfer window under Erik ten Hag with a taste of double Dutch.

The Manchester Evening News revealed on Wednesday morning that United have agreed deals to sign Frenkie de Jong from and Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia.

The duo could be part of the squad that flies out for pre-season next week as Ten Hag gets to work with his summer rebuild. But just how will the pair fit into the first-team set-up at Old Trafford?

MEN Sport takes a look at a possible United line up next season with their two new recruits.

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Goalkeeper

This one is straightforward. David de Gea will begin the season as United’s No.1 with Dean Henderson set to complete a season-long loan move to Nottingham Forest shortly.

Centre-backs

United will look at adding a new central defender this summer if possible, but signing one first relies on moving on those already at the club.

There is also the tricky task of recruiting a player who accepts they might not start every match, which could prove difficult in luring anyone with ambitions to the club this summer.

It means Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane might well remain the go-to partnership of choice.

full-backs

Diogo Dalot is currently seen as the first-choice right-back for United, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka having been offered to clubs this summer.

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There is still a wish to strengthen this area of the pitch, but it isn’t an urgent issue with other problems taking precedent.

The signing of Malacia indicates Ten Hag may have real doubts about Luke Shaw’s long-term suitability, and although the English defender might start the season in the line-up, he faces tough competition to keep his place.

Midfield

The arrival of De Jong will bring much-needed composure and creativity to the United midfield, but to make it a complete success, they will need someone to do the dirty work for him.

It seems like Ten Hag’s plan to strengthen defensively is to simply not lose possession in the first place, meaning that rather than sign a deep-lying specialist, he might rely on Fred or Scott McTominay to be the final piece of his jigsaw.

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Bruno Fernandes’ role as an undroppable might now be in jeopardy, but he still looks likely to start most weeks, with Christian Eriksen as a possible back-up if he joins.

Attack

Cristiano is the only option as a central striker at the club, and he will lead the line next season.

Jadon Sancho looks like the most likely starter on the left wing, and the club are eager to sign someone else who can solve their problems on the right.

In an ideal world, Ajax star Antony would arrive to complete the line-up, but until that happens, it could well be Sancho and Marcus Rashford in the two wide roles.

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