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Manchester United’s best and worst case scenarios as transfer deadline day looms

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be content with the business Manchester United have been able to conduct this summer.

The arrivals of Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho have been a significant boost to United’s squad with both of them long term coveted targets.

Of course, there are still holes to be filled but the Norwegian now has a squad that should be able to compete right at the top of the Premier League.

As the summer transfer window closes, there is not much time left for United to conduct more business.

The club’s focus will likely be on departures rather than arrivals, with a new holding midfielder unlikely MEN understands.

Here are the best and worst case scenarios for Manchester United in what is left of the transfer window.

Best case scenario Manchester United’s best case scenario would be to sign a holding midfielder.

There are not many available for the right price, but if United could lure someone like Eduardo Camavinga or Yves Bissouma to the club at the last minute that would be a significant statement of intent.

It would be a major relief to United supporters around the world too who have been crying out for a defensive midfielder for several seasons.

A deep-lying operator could eliminate draws and performances like the one United put in against Southampton altogether with a spine crucial to elevate the team to the next stage of their metamorphosis.

Someone like Bissouma could be the perfect candidate with his poise and ability to dictate the game from midfield.

Sorting out the futures of players like Diogo Dalot, Donny van de Beek and Jesse Lingard would also be a bonus and could free up extra wiggle room in the wage budget.

Worst case scenario In the highly unlikely event that a last minute bid comes in for Paul Pogba, United could be hit with a worst case scenario. Considering the Frenchman is dithering on a renewal it is entirely possible that the club could be tempted by an offer should it arrive.

Something as seismic as Paris Saint-Germain selling Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid could spark a transfer merry-go-round in which United got lost in the shuffle.

Last-minute bids would make United’s life difficult. The club would have to be forced to act quickly in order to find a replacement and that is a situation United will want to avoid. Especially considering the stress which it would bring.

With most of the top clubs and even smaller sides reluctant to let go of their current stars, even the buying market is stagnant and United may have to overpay for any desired targets.

Other ‘worst case’ scenarios could involve keeping hold of some of the fringe players in the squad who are inflating the club’s wage bill such as Lingard, Dalot and co which could backfire and they may lose their value sitting on the club’s bench.

However, with a busy schedule as the domestic cups and Champions League begins in September, having a large squad is not the end of the world for United.

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