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How Man Utd could line up with Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho and Varane if they land all five ambitious transfer targets

MANCHESTER UNITED have scored a sensational 53 times in just 26 games this season to become one of the most-feared attacks in the Premier League.

Despite that, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to sign a new striker, with Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland one of FIVE big-name summer transfer targets.

As well as the Norway ace, United are believed to be hot on the trail of Jadon Sancho for the second summer in a row.

Defenders Jules Kounde, Raphael Varane and David Alaba are also on Solskjaer's wishlist, with the back-four clearly a problem area, having conceded 32 times this term at over one goal per game.

But how would the Old Trafford chief squeeze all five stars into the team in the highly unlikely scenario they managed to land all of them?

First and foremost, Harry Maguire - still the most-expensive defender in history at £85million - would surely make way, with ex-United star Paul Parker calling from him to be replaced.

Varane and Kounde would form a superb mix of youth and experience in the heart of a back-four.

Solskjaer would be able to get the best out of Maguire by sticking him on the left of a back-three, where he thrived earlier in his career.

David Alaba would be the obvious choice at left-back, despite Luke Shaw's stellar season.

The Bayern Munich star - out of contract this summer - is more than capable of playing at centre-back or further forward, in midfield.

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However, questions have been raised over Alaba's ability to play in the middle of a back-four in the ultra-physical Premier League, with John Barnes one pundit to suggest he'd struggle.

In midfield, Solskjaer appears more than happy with his deep duo of Fred and Scott McTominay, with Nemanja Matic providing more than capable back-up.

With Bruno Fernandes roaming behind the striker and Marcus Rashford on the left, the United boss has no worries there either.

However, United have lacked some genuine width on the right flank, with natural centre-forward Mason Greenwood preferred to wide-man Daniel James.

Sancho would comfortably slip in on the right-flank forging an impressive front-four with current Dortmund team-mate Haaland replacing the struggling Anthony Martial up front.

United have been told they must shell out £150m to sign Haaland this year, despite him being available for just £63m in 2022 due to a clause in his contract.

Edinson Cavani has been United's No1 striker in recent weeks, but his contract expires at the end of the season, with talks over an extension believed to be ongoing.

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