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Now they’re back in the Champions League, Man United must sign these players

first_imgManchester United winning the Europa League was never really in doubt, was it?Despite a hugely underwhelming league campaign, the Red Devils booked their place in the group stage of next season’s Champions League with a 2-0 win over Ajax in the final.But while their place in the competition is confirmed, Jose Mourinho has a lot of work to do on his squad if they are to conquer Europe’s elite.The transfer window will now be of even greater importance to United – so who should they bring in?Scroll through the gallery above to take a look at six players we believe Mourinho must sign to sustain a Champions League challenge. 2. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) – Kroos is surely the dream signing for United. The club are screaming out for another midfielder with the ability to balance defensive and attacking responsibilities and Kroos fits the bill. It’s difficult to envisage Real Madrid agreeing to sell the German this summer, but he could be used in negotiations if the Spanish outfit make a move for David De Gea. 5 5. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – click the arrow above, right, to check out four other players United should sign to conquer Europe’s elite – Hopefully this is the summer Griezmann finally makes the move to the Premier League. Neutrals are eager to see how the Frenchman adapts to English football and the forward himself recently told L’Equipe: “I’m ready to go”. He’ll be frustrated at going another season without silverware and could be open to joining international team-mate Paul Pogba in Manchester. He scored 26 goals this season and would improve the best of attacks. 5 5 3. Bernardo Silva (Monaco) – Silva is understood to be on high on the wish list of Mourinho. The 22-year-old contributed 17 goals to Monaco’s league triumph, scoring eight and assisting nine, and as a result is a wanted player in the summer market. The majority of his performances have come from the right of midfield, which is a position Mourinho has yet to settle on. Should the Portugal international move to Old Trafford, it’ll be interesting to see how the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata will fit in, and if their style of play changes. 5 4. Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) – United have been excellent defensively this season, but injuries have exposed vulnerability in their options. Eric Bailly is the first choice at centre back and Mourinho is likely to target a new partner for the Ivorian. Van Dijk has been sidelined since January with an ankle problem and given demand for his signature, might not appear in a Southampton shirt again. He was one of the best in his position in the Premier League prior to his injury and could walk straight into the United team. 5 1. Andrea Belotti (Torino) – With it looking increasingly unlikely that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will extend his stay beyond this season, a centre forward could be a priority for United. Romelu Lukaku has been linked to the club, but his form in the big games for Everton is a concern. Belotti is in high demand following a 25-goal campaign and Mourinho is reportedly eager to seal a deal. Signing players from Serie A is seen as a gamble, but the striker is making waves in Italy.last_img read more

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