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How Manchester United could line up with Tyrell Malacia, Frenkie de Jong, Antony

Sports Mole looks at how Manchester United could line up next season with Tyrell Malacia, Frenkie de Jong and Antony.

Manchester United are reportedly closing in on deals for Feyenoord defender Tyrell Malacia and Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.

The Red Devils have agreed a deal with Feyenoord for Malacia, with the club now in talks with the left-back's agent over a switch to Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, the 20-time English champions have allegedly reached a "broad agreement" with Barcelona for the transfer of De Jong, with the club potentially paying an upfront fee of £56.2m for the Dutchman.

There have been claims that De Jong has told Barcelona that he wants to remain at Camp Nou, but Man United are believed to be confident of securing his signature.

Ajax's Antony is also said to be a leading target for the club, with the Brazil international starring under new Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag in Amsterdam during the 2021-22 campaign.

With that in mind, Sports Mole takes a look at how Man United could line up next season if they manage to bring all three players to the club.

UTD XI with De Jong, Malacia, Antony

David de Gea is again set to be Man United's number one goalkeeper next season, while Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane and Diogo Dalot could all be important parts of Ten Hag's plans during the 2022-23 campaign, despite the team struggling defensively last term.

Luke Shaw is allegedly in Ten Hag's thinking for the left-back spot, but Malacia will feel that he is capable of securing the position, and it would certainly not be a surprise to see the Netherlands international become an important player for the Red Devils moving forward.

In midfield, Fred and Bruno Fernandes are likely to be key players, with De Jong lining up alongside the duo, while Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo are also expected to be important next term.

The right-sided attacking spot has been a problem for Man United to fill in recent years, so it is not a surprise that the club are keen on bringing Antony to Old Trafford.

The Brazil international scored 12 goals and registered 10 assists in 32 appearances for Ajax during the 2021-22 campaign, including two goals and four assists in seven Champions League outings.

Ten Hag is believed to want two quick wingers to play either side of Ronaldo, with Sancho and Antony potentially featuring in the final third of the field next term.

Man United desperately underachieved last season considering the quality in their squad, and Ten Hag will certainly believe that he can improve the fortunes of the likes of Maguire, Varane and Fernandes, with the trio failing to reach their top level during the 2021-22 season.

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