Manchester United vs Real Madrid: Potential XI with Jose Mourinho's strongest midfield

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku

Domestically, Chelsea will have the additional pressure of Champions League football and, while Antonio Conte is hoping to add some strength in depth to his squad, Diego Costa, who scored 52 league goals in three season for the club, is hovering around the exit door.

Last season, only Ibrahimovic reached double figures in the Premier League, with Juan Mata's six the next best. Lukaku is an interesting acquisition for many reasons, particularly for what he does for the side's style of play as a whole.

Mourinho clearly rates the Serbian midfielder highly, having played him 36 times throughout Chelsea's premier league winning season in 2014/15.

"He's absolutely good enough to be United's long-term full back".

Do not let the media's attacks against Pogba fool you, he was very good last season and when he was missing, United's midfield was often left disjointed and in a mess.

Reports in midweek had suggested the Red Devils were poised to agree a deal with dating app firm Tinder, which would have seen their name displayed on the right arm of the famous jersey this coming season.

Manchester United have indeed flexed their financial muscle this summer and already beefed up their squad with quality players like Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof.

OUT: Josh Harrop (free, Preston), Wayne Rooney (free, Everton), Adnan Januzaj (£8m, Real Sociedad), Sam Johnstone (loan, Aston Villa), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (released). The manager is a big fan of the former Benfica defender and had been keen to bring him to United in January before finally landing him in the summer. This season, hopefully he'll score loads of goals and it's about him taking that leadership role. On paper, a title challenge seems ambitious. Spectators are witnessing the Manchester United man evolve his game. But the Reds boss, speaking after his side beat Sampdoria 2-1 in Dublin in a pre-season friendly, is concerned how the staggering figure will affect future transfers.

This is where the signing of Nemanja Matic comes in.

Editor's note: This preview was completed on July 30. He has got to take responsibility and I am sure he relishes that.

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