5 Players Manchester United Need To Win The League Next Season

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale and Mateo Kovacic on the substitutes bench.

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The Premier League is less than a month away from kicking off its brand new season, and clubs will be rushing helter-skelter in wrapping up those deals that they have been pursuing for a while now.

In addition, new hopes may also spring up in the minds of the top 6 teams as to individuals that can perhaps give them an added kick in making a charge towards the title.

Manchester United are certainly one such team, and despite having made decent strides already with regard to players bought, their roster still looks uncertain to rival that of Manchester City to the title.

As of such, here are 5 players that the Red Devils will need to buy in order to win the league in the upcoming season:

Gareth Bale

A name whose effectiveness is a given at this point, and who will assuredly provide United with that added danger that they lack up front. In addition to being a world-class presence, the Welshman is a player that Mourinho adores and has been pursuing for some time now.

His future at Real Madrid was uncertain to begin with in the first place, but the resignation of Zidane and the arrival of Lopetegui has removed the urgency from the saga. Nevertheless, the 29-year-old may still be open to a move to Old Trafford, and Ed Woodward is believed to be keen on the deal as well. Does hope still exist?

Alex Sandro

Another name that Manchester United fans have been desperate for this window. While the deal reportedly broke down at the start due to the valuation for the Brazilian which Juventus put forward, recent reports have rejuvenated the saga.

Latest updates suggest that Mourinho still wants the highly rated left-back, but now faces stiff competition from PSG for his signing. That the 27-year-old would be a welcome addition to a flank-line occupied by Ashley Young and Luke Shaw is of no doubt, but will the wish be fulfilled?

Leonardo Bonucci

Leonardo Bonucci waves as he arrives at the Caselle airport in Turin, Italy.

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With their centre-back pursuit of Toby Alderweireld yet to bear fruit, United may be happy to see hope spring up elsewhere. Calciomercato reports that Leonardo Bonucci has demanded an exit from AC Milan, which has been duly accepted, and he may allegedly be on the transfer market.

In Bonucci, United will find a seasoned defender that fulfills their need for a leader at the back, and at 31 years of age, along with the experience from Juventus and AC Milan, the Italian could bring tremendous punch.

Here too, United face PSG as a potential suitor to pry Bonucci away, although the Red Devils may still pursue this deal strongly, as he will certainly prove to be a cheaper option.

Mateo Kovacic

With the arrival of Fred and the extension of Fellaini’s contract, surely Manchester United already have an apt midfield trio in the form of Pogba, Fred, and Matic, with the Belgian in tow as an impact sub. However, a backup plan could also be put in place, and the source of this talent could be Real Madrid’s Kovacic.

With reports coming in stating that Manchester City have been discouraged from signing the 24-year-old Croatian after the £80 million price-tag Real have quoted for him, United could jump back into the picture and pursue his services. The player himself isn’t all too happy with the lack of game-time at Madrid.

If signed, Pogba could play in a more forward role, but it will still be interesting to see how Mourinho would utilize the player in view of his sizable price tag.

Mario Mandzukic

After a World Cup that was lit quite well by the Croatian, falling just short of the biggest prize, this link that was initially faint may now show some proper hope at last. The 32-year-old has been functioning well at Juventus, and should Higuain be sold, his fortune even there could shine and see him play more often.

However, the Mancunian giants are more eager to sign him as an apt replacement for Romelu Lukaku who, despite being brilliant last season, was a player that United were too reliant on, and a brief spell of injury outlined how important he was to the squad.