Manchester United were looking much like their old selves prior to the coronavirus outbreak suspending all top-flight football.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils have won seven of their last 10 in all competitions and were last beaten back on January 22.
Bruno Fernandes has been credited for giving the team the lift they needed to push on following the winter transfer break.
But there is still progress to be made at Old Trafford, and executive vice chairman Ed Woodward will be looking to make the most of the upcoming summer window.
Here are five players Woodward is keen on signing for United, and the likelihood the Red Devils will be able to get the transfers over the line.
Top of Woodward’s list is the boy wonder from London, who up until 2017 was coming through the ranks at Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola and co. were desperate to keep hold of Sancho at the Etihad, but the teenager had other ideas and joined Dortmund in search of first-team football.
Sancho’s brave decision transpired to be an act of genius, as he is now considered one of the most – if not the most – exciting young stars on the planet.
Woodward has been a big fan for some time, and it is believed that Sancho would be keen on a move to Manchester United, despite his connections to City.
The deal wages on United qualifying for the Champions League and whether the Red Devils board are prepared to stump up in excess of £100million.
Another man who has been high on Woodward’s wishlist for some time.
Koulibaly is widely considered to be the best centre-back in the world – alongside Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk.
At 28, Koulibaly is in the prime of his career and in need of a big transfer to hopefully win trophies before he has to call it quits.
He would cost around £90million, but would form an impenetrable back three alongside Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof/Eric Bailly.
Like with Sancho, the move wages on United qualifying for the Champions League.
The teenage sensation was at the top of United’s wishlist, with the Red Devils looking to bring him to Old Trafford in January, before they were beaten to the punch.
At the time United were in disarray, and Haaland, who made it clear he wanted first-team football, chose Dortmund over the Red Devils.
It turned out to be a great decision for the 19-year-old, who has gone from strength to strength in Germany, and would now cost clubs around £100million.
United have been working hard to patch things up with Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola, which puts them back in the running to sign the Norwegian.
Paul Pogba would likely have to leave to fund the transfer though, meaning the two potential deals would prove to be very profitable for the superagent.
A more realistic buy than the three above, Maddison has also been on the Red Devils’ radar for some time.
The signing of Fernandes means there is less urgency to get this deal done, but United’s midfield remains the club’s weakest area.
What’s more, Pogba is still likely to leave in the summer and the Red Devils could do with more young, attack-minded, quality midfielders.
Maddison certainly ticks these box, and would likely be available to sign for a figure closer to £60million – rather than the £100m-plus the above would command.
It will either be Grealish or Maddison if United prioritise signing a midfielder in the summer transfer window.
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