Man Utd’s second strongest XI shows just how scary the squad depth now is

Manchester United strengthened their squad with three major signings in the summer transfer window – meaning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now has a plethora of options at his disposal.

The Red Devils have boosted their chances of competing for the Premier League title this season, with Jadon Sancho first arriving in a £77million switch from Borussia Dortmund.

Raphael Varane then completed a £34million move from Real Madrid, before ex-teammate Cristiano Ronaldo sealed an earth-shattering return to Old Trafford this week.

Solskjaer now has the squad depth required to mount a serious title challenge in the 2021/22 campaign, as even his second best starting XI is a strong one.

David de Gea is likely to remain the club's No.1 goalkeeper, but Dean Henderson is waiting in the wings should he ever become unavailable.

Henderson, 24, will be expected to feature mainly in domestic and European cup competitions until De Gea's time at Old Trafford eventually draws to a close.

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Varane is certain to become Harry Maguire's first-choice centre-back partner in between full-backs Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, but Solskjaer's reserve back four of Alex Telles, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and Diogo Dalot is by no means shabby.

Scott McTominay should be deployed as United's midfield anchor, with Fred serving as a decent backup option.

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Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes are bound to sandwich the Scot in the middle of the park, starting ahead of alternatives Donny van de Beek and Jesse Lingard.

In attack, Marcus Rashford and Sancho are likely to start alongside Ronaldo, but Anthony Martial, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood will also be rotated.

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Solskjaer has two powerful starting XIs at his disposal this season, which should allow him to compete on all four fronts as United chase their first piece of silverware since 2017.

United's second XI:Henderson; Dalot, Lindelof, Bailly, Telles; Fred, Van de Beek, Lingard; Greenwood, Cavani, Martial

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