Man Utd best XI if transfer deals including Frenkie de Jong and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic are completed

The Red Devils will be looking to recruit following Sunday’s disappointing season opener.

After a promising start, this summer has become an increasingly frustrating affair for Manchester United.

With a number of attempted transfer pursuits stalling, and some collapsing completely, the Red Devils have found themselves in a tricky position heading into the new season.

That fact was hammered home by an underwhelming 2-1 home defeat against Brighton on Sunday, with Erik ten Hag losing his first competitive match in charge of the club.

But with the rest of the month to get bolster their squad, and with plenty of irons in the fire, how might United line up if some of their reported transfer pursuits come to fruition?

We’ve taken a look...

David De Gea - GK

United’s undisputed number one, and there seems to be very little chance of that changing in the immediate future.

The Spaniard was a rare bright spark in an otherwise poor campaign last term, and has earned the goodwill he enjoys among most supporters.

Diogo Dalot - RB

In an ideal world, you would imagine that United would be looking to bring in a new right-back before the window closes, but at the present moment midfield and attacking reinforcements appear to be the order of the day.

Whether that will change remains to be seen, but for now at least, Dalot gets the nod at right-back.

Harry Maguire - CB

Some fans will argue that Raphael Varane should be the man to start ahead of Maguire, but Ten Hag has already thrown his backing behind Maguire by keeping him on as captain, and it’s hard to see the Dutchman performing a U-turn this early in his tenure.

Lisandro Martinez - CB

The Argentine represents one of the few deals United have actually been able to get over the line this summer, and you would imagine that his place is relatively secure at this stage.

Luke Shaw - LB

The England international will no doubt be feeling the heat from new signing Tyrell Malacia, but until the Dutchman properly settles at Old Trafford, don’t be surprised see Ten Hag to keep faith in his incumbent left-back.

Frenkie de Jong - CM

The saga that has dominated United’s transfer window. De Jong looked all set to sign at one point, but since then, a potential deal looks to have come off the rails somewhat.

Is there a chance that the Red Devils could still make this one happen before the end of the month? It’s not out of the question, but the odds continue to look... unlikely.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic - CM

A long-term target at Old Trafford, recent reports suggest that the Red Devils could look to launch a big money bid to lure the Serbian in from Lazio.

Judging by the overwhelming majority of fan reaction on social media, he would be preferred to Juventus star Adrien Rabiot.

Christian Eriksen - CM

Eriksen is another Ten Hag addition who looks set to be a regualr fixture of the first team in Manchester.

If he can show even a modicum of the class and creativity we all know he possesses, his free transfer could prove to be a masterstroke.

Jadon Sancho - RW

Very much taking a second bite of the cherry after an underwhelming debut season at Old Trafford, the winger has the potential to be a vital attacking force for United this term.

Whether he realises that potential, however, is a separate matter entirely.

Cody Gakpo - LW

Any potential deal for Ajax star Antony looks to be dead in the water, and as such, United are said to have turned their attention to PSV Eindhoven talent Cody Gakpo.

The wide man enjoyed a fine season in the Eredivisie last term, but competition for his signature is likely to be stern, with Leeds United and Arsenal also linked.

Cristiano Ronaldo - ST

After United’s 2-1 opening day defeat to Brighton, you would imagine that Ten Hag’s desire to hang on to Ronaldo was raised even further.

His second stint at Old Trafford hasn’t exactly been harmonious, but the safe bet would be that if he stays and if he is available, he will probably start more often than not.