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Erik ten Hag's strongest Manchester United line-up with signings of Casemiro and Antony

Cain Smith

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Erik ten Hag's strongest Manchester United line-up with signings of Casemiro and Antony

Manchester United's starting XI has bolstered since the signings of Casemiro and Antony from Real Madrid and Ajax.

Erik ten Hag's team certainly need some more work done and positions to fill, but United's summer signings have definitely improved the side going forward.

Other new signings such as Tyrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez have impressed in Premier League victories against Liverpool and Southampton. Christian Eriksen is another who has showed promise at Old Trafford so far.

The last signing of the window was Martin Dubravka, he has joined on loan with an option to make the transfer permanent.

However, he might not be strengthening the starting team straight away, but will give David de Gea considerable competition.

The strongest defence in front of the goalkeeper seems to pick itself following recent performances. Diogo Dalot is the definitive choice on the right, while new signing Malacia has taken Luke Shaw's spot on the opposite flank and impressed.

Tyrell Malacia challenges Andy Robertson. (Alamy)
Tyrell Malacia challenges Andy Robertson. (Alamy)

Meanwhile, Harry Maguire's task to return to the side looks more difficult than ever, with Raphael Varane and Martinez looking strong next to each other.

The midfield is a strange concept. Bruno Fernandes has made some important contributions, including an incredible assist against Arsenal, but there are also doubts whether he can truly flourish in Ten Hag's preferred style.

If that continues, then we could see Fred find his way into United's strongest team alongside Casemiro, with Eriksen being pushed further forward. However, at this point it seems that United's no.8 will get a chance to show that he can adjust his play and continue offering his attacking threat.


Ten Hag now has a number of options in his front line following the addition of Antony. He joins the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Jadon Sancho and Anthony Elanga as forwards at the club.

Sancho is perhaps the only certainty in this front line, with the Englishman likely to move across to the left wing, with Antony holding the right.

That would leave both Rashford and Martial to fight it out for the spot through the middle.

The Frenchman would likely be the best option through the middle, with his link-up play complimenting the style his manager wants to implement.

However, Rashford has already provided three goals and two assists this season, as he begins to turn around his form. Martial's injury concerns are also a longer-term concern.

Full XI (4-2-3-1):

David de Gea

Diogo Dalot

Raphael Varane

Lisandro Martinez

Tyrell Malacia


Christian Eriksen


Bruno Fernandes

Jadon Sancho

Anthony Martial/Marcus Rashford

Featured Image Credit: Alamy/Man United

Topics: Manchester United, Erik Ten Hag, Casemiro, Premier League, Antony, Football

Cain Smith
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