It is set to be a busy summer for Manchester United fans.
Based on latest back page speculation, the Old Trafford could be set to kick-off the upcoming transfer window by signing two of the German Bundesliga’s biggest talents.
Reports suggest that new United manager, Jose Mourinho, is looking to the duo to bolster his attacking armory before his debut season in the North West.
Draxler, still only 22 years of age, has long been considered one of the finest prospects in the German top flight. Meanwhile, his divisional rival Mkhitaryan is considered one of the most creative players in Europe.
With the transfer window yet to officially open, the Red Devils will be unable to secure the services of duo until July 1st.
Nonetheless, this will not stop fans from salivating over the prospect of the club’s potential starting line-up ahead of the new campaign.
With this is mind, here are three ways Mourinho could set-up his Manchester United side, should he successfully sign the Bundesliga duo.
Line-up One: 4-2-3-1
If Juan Mata is to retain his place in the starting line-up, like many Manchester United fans are hoping he will, Mourinho could set up with a very menacing front four next season. In option one, both Draxler and Mkhitaryan would be given the freedom to operate in their favoured roles, while the Spaniard would star in the ‘number 10’ role behind none other than Anthony Martial.
Mkhitaryan featured as an attacking right-winger 17 times for Dortmund in all competitions last term, scoring seven goals and assisting a further eight from the flank. Meanwhile, Draxler played 15 games on the left-wing for Wolfsburg, notching four goals and creating an additional four for his team-mates.
The inclusion of Anthony Martial up-front would be a no-brainer (for now let’s pretend United aren’t going to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic). He played as a striker on 18 occasions last term, as Louis van Gaal continued to experiment in an attempt to find his preferred starting line-up, before settling for a role on the left-flank.
Line-up Two: 4-2-3-1
Line-up number two would see the anticipated removal of Juan Mata become a reality, with Draxler instead occupying the ‘number 10’ role. Martial and Mkhitaryan would then take up their most common positions (from last season) on the flanks, with Mourinho’s choice of frontman tasked with playing a lone-role.
Line-up Three: 4-3-3
Line-up three is perhaps less likely, considering Mourinho has favoured a 4-2-3-1 system for several years now. However, if the Portuguese head coach was to opt for an attacking 4-3-3 line-up, he would undoubtedly have the creative armoury capable of pulling it off.
With Anthony Martial spearheading the attack, Draxler and Mkhitaryan would sit either side of the Frenchman in advanced support roles – this would perhaps get the best out of the attacking trio’s innovative talents, with their being less emphasis on the defensive side of their game.
Considering they managed a total of 4.6 key passes per game between them last term, as well as 6.7 shots at goal, the forward-going threat posed by this system and its protagonists would be enough to worry even Europe’s most competent defenders.
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