Vincent Kompany would’ve been Manchester City’s best summer signing, says Stuart Pearce

19 May

Departing Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany would have been the club’s best signing this summer, according to Stuart Pearce.

The 33-year-old will leave City to become player-manager of Anderlecht this summer to end 11 years of service at the Etihad.

Vincent Kompany lifted three domestic trophies in the 2018/19 season

Kompany’s final season with the club saw him lift the Carabao Cup, Premier League and FA Cup as City secured a historic domestic treble.

The Belgium international played a crucial role in City’s title run-in, starting the final four games and scoring a 25-yard screamer to secure a vital 1-0 win over Leicester.

Pearce, who managed and played for the Citizens, told talkSPORT: “When I was watching Manchester City train pre-Pep, you could see influence Vincent had on the training pitch.

“One thing I said yesterday was the best signing of the summer could be Vincent Kompany – to keep him at the club, keep his influence and hang on to leaders within the group.

“I’d be very interested to hear how that conversation went between Vincent and the club. You’d bet it would have been very amicable.

Vincent Kompany scored a 25-yard screamer in a 1-0 win over Leicester in the Premier League title race

“But it’s where he goes from here, is it retirement or is it to play football elsewhere or is there a management opportunity?

“Vincent’s been, arguably over last ten years, the best captain and best leader there’s been in the Premier League.”

Kompany has signed a deal to become player-manager of Belgian side Anderlecht, the club he started his career with.

But Pearce believes the defender will return to the Etihad in the future.

He said: “If you’re going to bow out with Manchester City there’s probably no better season to do it than here and now with what they’ve achieved this year.

“He’ll have a connection with Manchester City in the future, whether that’s coaching, managing or as a statesman at the club, he’ll certainly have a future at City.”

Kompany made 358 appearances for City, winning four Premier League titles, four EFL Cups and two FA Cups.

Vincent Kompany to become player-manager of Anderlecht after leaving Manchester City

19 May

Vincent Kompany will become player-manager of Anderlecht after calling time on his glittering Manchester City career.

The Belgian defender, 33, has left City after the club’s historic treble-winning season, ending 11 years of service.

Vincent Kompany lifted three domestic trophies in the 2018/19 season

And now he will return to the club where his professional career began in Brussels.

“I choose to be grateful for the past but remain ambitious and driven for the future. For the next three years, I will take up the role of player-manager of Anderlecht. Belgium’s finest,” he wrote in a letter to fans on Facebook.

“This may come as a surprise to you. It’s the most passionate yet rational decision I’ve ever made.”

More to follow…

One player every Premier League club should consider selling during summer as transfer window opens

19 May

The summer transfer window officially opened for Premier League clubs on Thursday.

Be prepared for plenty of deals throughout the summer right up until the deadline on August 8.

There are a number of big money transfers that have already been reported as likely to take place ahead of the new season.

Mesut Ozil has not been a favourite of Unai Emery

The most notable is that of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid and it has been reported that the deal will be announced following the Europa League final.

Here at we have taken a look at one player that every team should consider selling during the window.

Arsenal – Mesut Ozil

The midfielder earns a reported £350,000-a-week and he is undoubtedly a talented footballer on his day.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery does not appear to be a huge fan, though, and has left him out of the matchday squad on several occasions.

Perhaps those wages could be better spent on a player who Emery does want to play week in week out.

Bournemouth – Jordon Ibe

The Cherries paid £15million for the midfielder back in 2016 and was initially a regular starter.

He was soon dropped by Eddie Howe because of his lack of consistency and the 23-year-old has not kicked on from his enormous potential.

In 19 Premier League games this season, he managed just one goal and one assist.

Jordon Ibe scored just one goal this season in the Premier League

Brighton – Florin Andone

Brighton only signed the forward last summer, in a deal with Deportivo La Coruna worth around £5million, but has struggled in the Premier League.

He managed just three goals in 23 games and was the lowest rated Seagulls player on

Florin Andone was signed by Brighton for £5million

Burnley – Matej Vydra

Burnley need a goalscorer if they are to avoid another relegation fight next season.

Matej Vydra sadly is not that man and has struggled with the step up to the Premier League each time he has tried.

The 27-year-old has been prolific in the Championship scoring 20 goals or more in two seasons but has failed to prove himself in the top flight at three times of asking.

Matej Vydra has struggled in the Premier League

Cardiff – Kenneth Zohore

Relegation will force Cardiff’s hand as to who they sell in the off-season with players like Aron Gunnarson already heading for the exit.

One player who they could get off the books is Zohore. The Dane only managed one goal in the Premier League this campaign and was clearly not favoured by Neil Warnock.

Chelsea – Eden Hazard

Bear with me Chelsea fans. It makes logical sense to get rid of Hazard now for around £100million rather than lose him next summer for nothing.

Hazard is entering the final year of his contract and, although another season of the forward would be great, they need to start planning for life without the Belgium international.

Eden Hazard looks likely to leave Chelsea in the summer

Crystal Palace – Christian Benteke

The striker has not shown the form he possessed in his first season at Palace where he netted 15 times.

In the last two seasons, he has managed just four Premier League goals in 46 games and Michy Batshuayi has shown others can do better in the team.

Benteke has struggled at Palace

Everton – Cenk Tosun

Having only started 10 games this season, the Turkish forward may soon be surplus to requirements.

The Toffees are reportedly looking into the signing of Callum Wilson which would further restrict his minutes as Dominic Calvert-Lewin develops further too.

Tosun has fallen down the pecking order at Goodison Park
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Fulham – Maxime Le Marchand

Fulham were a mess defensively this season and conceded a staggering 81 goals as they were relegated.

They will need an overhaul in the Championship and one player who they should think about letting go is Le Marchand.

He had a tackle success rate of just 64 per cent while he only won 56 of his 101 aerial duels.

Huddersfield – Isaac Mbenza

The Terriers had one of the worst Premier League seasons in history finishing with just 16 points.

One of their critical issues was the lack of goals with just 22 scored all season.

Forward Mbenza scored just once in his 22 appearances and may find game time limited with Karlan Grant leading the line in the Championship.

Isaac Mbenza scored just once in the Premier League this season

Leicester City – Kelechi Iheanacho

The former Manchester City man has failed to live up to his promise with the Foxes and even squandered a golden opportunity to score against his former club, which would have denied them the title.

This season he has just one goal from 30 total league appearances, albeit 21 of those have come from the bench.

Kelechi Iheanacho has struggled for form this season

Liverpool – Nathaniel Clyne

The right-back was shipped out to Bournemouth on loan in January as he could not get into the side.

He is not likely to regain his place with the excellent form of Trent Alexander-Arnold and capabilities of Joe Gomez to fill in if he is absent.

Nathaniel Clyne was loaned out to Bournemouth in January

Manchester City – Riyad Mahrez

Pep Guardiola currently has too many brilliant players fighting for not enough team spaces and more players are set to come in too.

Mahrez is fighting for a starting spot alongside Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva and he is probably fourth choice.

If he wants regular football then he should move elsewhere but may be he is content to carry on playing a supporting role and win titles.

Mahrez has been forced to play a reduced role since switching Leicester for Man City

Manchester United – Paul Pogba

Pogba’s disruptive influence on Manchester United has been well documented and if they truly want to fix things at the club then he may be a place to start.

His form has been far too inconsistent for a player who cost around £89million and it would not be the end of the world if they sold him.

Paul Pogba’s form with Manchester United has been inconsistent

Newcastle United – Javier Manquillo

The defender has not been a fan favourite at the club since joining from Atletico Madrid for £3million in the summer of 2017.

Even Rafa Benitez admitted he may not have signed him if he had more funds at his disposal.

The 25-year-old has not had a memorable season at St James’ Park with a rating of just 6.59 on

Javier Manquillo has not been a fan favourite at Newcastle

Southampton – Charlie Austin

In three full seasons with the south coast club Austin has not managed more than seven goals in a single campaign.

This season he netted just twice in 20 games and his overall league record with Southampton is 16 goals in 66 games.

Charlie Austin has not been a regular starter for Southampton

Tottenham – Kieran Trippier

A World Cup hero one year ago, the right-back has had a tough season and has been playing through the pain too.

Napoli want to land the full-back and could give Spurs a big profit on the £3million they paid for the player, while allowing them to improve in the position.

Trippier could leave Tottenham in the summer

Watford – Ben Foster

The veteran is 36 now and the Hornets should think about planning for life without the goalkeeper.

He conceded 59 goals and kept just seven clean sheets this season so this may be an area Watford look to strengthen.

Ben Foster has been Watford’s starting goalkeeper in the Premier League

West Ham – Marko Arnautovic

Perhaps the Hammers are regretting not taking the big money offer for Arnautovic in January.

After telling the club he wanted to leave for China, and then staying with an improved contract, his form took a significant dip.

He went 11 games without scoring before netting three times in the final two games of the season.

Marko Arnautovic has struggled for form since January

Wovles – Leo Bonatini

The Brazilian helped Wolves secure promotion to the Premier League with 12 goals in the Championship.

He managed just six top flight appearances, without scoring, before being shipped out on loan to Nottingham Forest.

Leo Bonatini was loaned out by Wolves in January

The ten biggest transfer deals of last summer: Will 2019 beat spending from a year ago?

19 May

The merry-go-round of the transfer window is underway yet again with Premier League sides ready to get their chequebooks out.

A host of mega-money deals are already in the pipeline for the 2019 summer market and spending is expected to go through the roof once more.

Alisson cost Liverpool £65m last summer

Last summer saw the top-flight’s best go big with a string of high-profile deals being complete.

Some have proven their price-tag were well worth it while a few have completely flattered to deceive.

Here are the top ten priciest players of the 2018 transfer window and how they’ve faired this season.

10). Yerry Mina (Barcelona to Everton) – £28m

Following a fine World Cup with Colombia, Mina moved to Goodison Park for big money.

He impressed when fit but missed so much of the season, that his arrival has been tinged with disappointment. Everton will hope for big things from him next term.

9). Felipe Anderson (Lazio to West Ham) – £35m

The Hammers’ record signing and one of their main highlights this season.

The Brazilian contributed ten goals and four assists and created a host of other chances to endear himself to the West Ham faithful.

8). Richarlison (Watford to Everton) – £38m

A haul of 14 goals made him Everton’s top scorer.

While some raised eyebrows over his price-tag, the 22-year-old proved doubters wrong and will now be looking to kick on after the summer break.

Richarlison impressed for Everton following his big money move

7). Fabinho (Monaco to Liverpool) – £40m

Took a long while to acclimatise to his new club but became a key figure of their midfield after Christmas.

Could yet crown a fine debut season in England with a Champions League winners medal.

6). Jorginho (Napoli to Chelsea) – £50m

His arrival saw N’Golo Kante’s role changed much to the bemusement of many.

An undoubtedly classy player but a touch underwhelming this season. Guiding the Blues to Europe League glory can certainly change that.

5). Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk to Manchester United) – £52m

Big money but a big flop.

The Brazilian made only 13 Premier League starts and notched just one goal as United suffered their turbulent season. Will he survive their summer cull?

Fred endured a difficult debut campaign with Man United

4). Naby Keita (RB Leipzig to Liverpool) – £54m

Keita signed a year earlier for the Reds and his long-awaited arrival ended up be somewhat disappointing.

A mix of injuries and poor form saw him in and out of Jurgen Klopp’s side and he’ll be hoping for a vast improvement next term.

3). Riyad Mahrez (Leicester to Manchester City) – £60m

City’s record signing had to settle for a bit-part role but still produced 24 goals and assists in all competitions.

He’s added plenty of silverware to his CV but could end this term feeling a little crestfallen.

2). Alisson (Roma to Liverpool) – £65m

Liverpool had to go out and buy a quality goalkeeper and that’s exactly what their money got.

The Brazilian kept a stunning 21 clean sheets and conceded just 22 goals in the Premier League. Could he do what Loris Karius couldn’t and help the Reds to Champions League ecstasy?

Kepa Arrizabalaga became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper when Chelsea paid his £72m for him

1). Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao to Chelsea) – £72m

Chelsea’s record signing, the most expensive goalkeeper ever and one of the Premier League’s costly players.

He claimed 14 league clean sheets (only behind Alisson and Ederson) and could end up with a hugely successful debut season. But will forever be remembered for that shocking substitution refusal and defying Maurizio Sarri’s orders.

Deontay Wilder confident Anthony Joshua fight ‘WILL happen’ after brutal defeat of Dominic Breazeale

19 May

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has promised a future fight with Anthony Joshua WILL happen.

Wilder knocked out Dominic Breazeale on Saturday night, with a sickening right hand in the first round for the 40th KO of his professional career.

Joshua is preparing to make his US debut

Joshua will defend the WBA, IBF and WBO belts against Andy Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden and fans are desperate to see a huge unification showdown with Wilder next.

Speaking in the third person, Wilder said he may be in attendance for Joshua’s US debut and called for his fans to be patient over a potential bout.

“I know a lot of people want to know when the Joshua fight will happen,” Wilder said after.

“We know that when the big fights happen everything goes silent.

“This fight will happen, the big fights will happen.

“I’ve got a lot of obligations to fulfil. If that date is open to me, you might see Deontay Wilder there.

“When it’s a good scrap that people want to see, you might find me there.

“I think it will happen. It’s going to happen. I believe in all my heart it will happen.”

Wilder says he might be ringside for Joshua’s bout

It’s known that Oleksandr Usyk will likely be ordered as Joshua’s next WBO mandatory challenger – a bout which will be due at the back end of this year.

Unless he can agree a shock unification with Wilder, AJ will have to take this fight with the former cruiserweight king, or lose one of this titles, however he insists that is no problem whatsoever.

“100 per cent [I would fight Usyk], 100 per cent. I’m down like Bobby Brown,” Joshua said.

WATCH: Deontay Wilder’s KO of Dominic Breazeale in slow motion is just devastating

19 May

Deontay Wilder savagely knocked out Dominic Breazeale in New York last night to retain his WBC heavyweight title.

It only took Wilder 137 seconds to put Breazeale to bed in the first round and he now moves to 41-1-0 and remains unbeaten.

Deontay Wilder’s big right hand ended Dominic Breazeale

It was the 40th win via KO for Wilder in his career and the 20th in the first round.

The 33-year-old was briefly rocked in the first round when he had Breazeale on the back-foot and ate a right hook. He had to tie up briefly, but after a swift pause, he ran in and finished his foe with a thunderous right.

It was a truly brutal shot, but you need to see it in slow motion to appreciate how devastating it really was:

No heavyweight in the world could withstand that power and surely the key to beating the Bronze Bomber is to prevent those shots and frustrate him.

That’s what Tyson Fury did beautifully until the final round of their draw last December.

But will Anthony Joshua ever get that same chance?

Deontay Wilder ‘will fight anyone’, says co-manager Shelly Finkel as fans call for Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury showdown

19 May

Shelly Finkel has said Deontay Wilder’s next opponent will be decided next week after he knocked out Dominic Breazeale within one round on Saturday night in New York.

The WBC champion demolished his mandatory challenger two minutes and 17 seconds into the opening round at the Barclays Center, meaning he has now stopped 40 of his 42 fights inside the distance.

Deontay Wilder’s big right hand ended Dominic Breazeale

Fans are now desperate to see Wilder face Fury in a rematch from their December draw, or have a unification bout with WBA/IBF/WBO titleholder Anthony Joshua, while Luiz Ortiz, who fought Wilder and lost in March 2018, was in the ring after the fight and is likely to be the next challenger.

“First of all, Deontay will fight anyone,’ Wilder’s co-manager Finkel said in the post-fight press conference.

“And he was willing to fight Joshua for very little. When someone wants to make a fight, they make it.

“We overpaid Fury and gave him anything he wanted. Deontay isn’t a man who makes excuses.’ He added:

“I’m in very close negotiations with [DAZN’s] John Skipper, I’ll see him next week. I’m in close contact with Top Rank.”

Joshua takes on Andy Ruiz Jr on June 1 while Fury faces Tom Schwarz on June 15 in Las Vegas and Finkel had insisted prior to Wilder’s latest win that the ‘Bronze Bomber’ wants to face both men and any other heavyweight.

“We want to have the rematch with Fury, we want to fight Joshua, we want to fight every important heavyweight out there. At the end of the day, it’s (up to Anthony Joshua, not his team).

Wilder will face anyone says Finkel
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“When Jim Jacobs could not deal with Butch Lewis, Tyson said, ‘I don’t care, get me Michael Spinks.’

“That’s when they called me in to negotiate with Butch. If you want the fight and you called us and his side called Deontay and said, ‘Please send us what that $50 million offer was,’ and we sent it.

“It was his responsibility to take it or admit that he got it. He didn’t do either. He listened to the team, he listened to what they told him, but at the end of the day, it’s his life and his decision.”

Arsenal transfer news: Gunners ‘prepare £40million bid’ for Wilfried Zaha, but Crystal Palace want double

19 May

Arsenal are preparing a £40million bid to sign Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha, according to reports.

But the Eagles’ £80million asking price could end the Gunners’ pursuit.

Wilfried Zaha scored against Arsenal in a 3-2 win last month

It has been claimed that Zaha has told Palace chiefs he wants to leave for a Champions League club this summer.

And Arsenal will qualify for next season’s competition if they beat Chelsea in the Europa League final on May 29.

The Sun claim Unai Emery’s transfer budget will be around £40million if they fail to make the Champions League and he is keen to bring Zaha to the Emirates.

The Gunners could offer Callum Chambers, Carl Jenkinson or Reiss Nelson as part of any potential deal for the Ivory Coast international.

Zaha became the Eagles’ top earner on a reported £130,000-a-week deal after signing a new five-year contract last August.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery will bolster his squad in the summer transfer window

It has put Palace chairman Steve Parish in a position to demand big money for his star man, who scored ten goals in the 2018/19 Premier League season.

Last month, Zaha said he wanted the opportunity to play in the Champions League.

He told the Daily Mail: “I’m too ambitious. And not ambitious just to play for a top club, but to win things at club level and with the Ivory Coast.

“For me to be better, to achieve what I know I am capable of, I have to aim to play at the very highest level, to win trophies.

“I’m blessed to have come this far in my playing career. But I feel like there is so much more I have to offer.

“I have to experience the Champions League. I just need the opportunity, that’s it. And I’ll do the rest.”

How Chelsea could line-up at the start of next season without Eden Hazard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi

19 May

There is plenty of uncertainty as to who will be available for Chelsea at the start of next season.

With an impending transfer ban coupled with the potential loss of Eden Hazard this summer there is sure to be plenty of changes.

Maurizio Sarri will have decisions to make when it comes to his team next season

It is looking increasingly likely that Hazard will join Real Madrid during the transfer window with reports suggesting the deal could be announced following the Europa League final with Arsenal.

The Blues will have to promote from within as they are due to be banned from signing any players for the next two transfer windows.

They are appealing the decision but may have to start planning for the worst case scenario.

Eden Hazard looks likely to leave Chelsea in the summer

Maurizio Sarri is also unlikely to be able to call on two of his brightest young talents who are set to miss the start of next season through injury.

Callum Hudson-Odoi ruptured his Achilles in April and had to have surgery. Even the most optimistic of timescales on his recovery have him missing the start of the season.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek suffered a similar injury in a charity friendly against New England Revolution and also faces a significant spell on the sidelines.

Striker Olivier Giroud is also out of contract in the summer and could leave the club while the loan spells of Mateo Kovacic and Gonzalo Higuain will have ended and are n.

Here at we have looked at how the Blues could line-up when the season starts in August.

How Chelsea could line-up at the start of next season

Not much is likely to change in the Chelsea defence unless Ethan Ampadu or Reece James can push for a starting place.

We could be seeing plenty of the young pair next season but Sarri may want to start with experience rather than throwing the pair in at the deep end.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek injured his ankle in a charity friendly

In the midfield three, Loftus-Cheek will be injured and Mateo Kovacic back at Real Madrid.

Mason Mount has been impressive at Derby this season with nine goals and four assists in the Championship.

Christian Pulisic will return from his loan at Borussia Dortmund and likely to go straight into the starting XI as a possible replacement for Eden Hazard.

Callum Hudson-Odoi is set for months on the sidelines

Striking options will be limited without Olivier Giroud and Gonzalo Higuain while Hazard was also used up front this season.

Tammy Abraham has 26 Championship goals this season and could be recalled to fill that gap.

Manchester United transfer news: How Red Devils could look next season without Paul Pogba – but with Paulo Dybala and Kalidou Koulibaly

19 May

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be handed a quarter of a BILLION pounds to solve Manchester United this summer, according to reports.

The Times claim Ed Woodward will entrust the Norwegian with a £250million transfer kitty in order to improve the current squad.

Ed Woodward is set to give Solskjaer a huge transfer budget with which to transform United

After a meek end to the season, Europa League football is heading back to Old Trafford.

The next two months will be crucial for the ‘Baby Faced Assassin’ as he attempts to rebuild his fragmented squad.

Paul Pogba’s future in the north-west seems to be growing murkier everyday, with Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane poised to pounce.

Should the World Cup winner depart, expect David De Gea’s future come under intense scrutiny once again.

The futures of both De Gea and Pogba remain extremely uncertain

Another Real Madrid target, Spain’s No.1 had an indifferent season and reports suggest there are a number of targets being lined up to replace the shot-stopper.

The departures of both men before the transfer window slams shut on August 8 would certainly cause the already inflated transfer budget to swell to almost insurmountable levels.

Barcelona shot-stopper Jasper Cillessen is reportedly on the Red Devils’ shortlist to replace De Gea, should the former Atletico Madrid keeper return to Spain.

Likewise, Pogba’s possible departure could mean Newcastle United wonderkid Sean Longstaff is brought in.

Sean Longstaff may have convinced United chiefs to make a move
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While plenty may scoff at the thought of the flamboyant Frenchman being replaced by the 21-year-old from the Toon, Solskjaer has already reiterated his desire to bring in hard-working players so as to change the ethos of the club.

The Red Devils have also been linked with moves for two of the best players plying their trade in Italy. Kalidou Koulibaly has been linked with a move for some time now, with Jose Mourinho even reportedly considering a bid during his time in charge.

And the revelation Paulo Dybala is ready to leave Juventus has seemingly shunted United straight to the front of the queue.

After a spectacular campaign in both the Eredivisie and the Champions League, Hakim Ziyech is reportedly on Solskjaer’s radar with German publication Bild reporting a move could be made in the summer.

So how on earth could these superstars gel together at United next season?

Taking into account the possible departures of Pogba and De gea, have created a *potential* starting XI for Manchester United for next season.

Scroll to see how we believe the Red Devils could line up next season!


Kalidou Koulibaly has been a rock at the back for Napoli since joining the club in 2014

With Cillessen in between the sticks in place of De Gea, United have a solid (albeit not spectacular) No.1. But the real strength would lie in front of the Netherlands shot-stopper.

Crystal Palace wonderkid Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been linked after a tremendous debut season and would fit in seamlessly alongisde Koulibaly in a full-back role.

Victor Lindelof is slowly but surely developing into the player Unietd fans hoped he would and looks set to continue his development. While Player of the Year Luke Shaw will be desperate to claim back his England spot after missing out on the Nations League Finals.


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says McTominay is ‘a young midfielder who is constantly improving’

As mentioned previously, Solskjaer’s dedication to finding grafters should see Longstaff slip right in next to academy graduate Scott McTominay.

The Scotland international has a big future ahead of him and earned praise for his displays against Barcelona and for adding goals to his repertoire.

For those who scoff at what seem to be an industrious midfield, remember the Champions League Final sees Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson pitted against one another.


Martial and Rashford were devastating together when played up front in 2016

With Dybala seamlessly slotting into the No.10 role, United could have one of the most formidable attacks in Europe.

Up front, Anthony Martial needs confidence and the support of his teammates to restore his belief. Both he and Marcus Rashford were devastating in 2016 when given regular game time by Louis van Gaal.

The introduction of Ziyech would certainly benefit the Red Devils as the Ajax forward can play from the right and interchange with Dybala for the attacking midfield position. Here’s how this incredible team might look next season.

United’s team for next season is potentially devastating