The French World Cup winner’s contract at the Bernabeu expires in a year’s time and no agreement over a new deal has been reached, meaning United could swoop in and sign him for a cut-price fee of around £45m.
If that deal doesn’t go through, Solskjaer would likely call on Victor Lindelof again, with Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka shoe-ins at full-back.
The benefits of fielding Paul Pogba in a midfield three were once again laid bare as the 28-year-old dazzled for France this summer.
Pogba was stating his case to win the Player of the Tournament award until world champions France were knocked out of the competition at the last-16 stages, losing a penalty shootout to Switzerland.
But at club level, the midfielder has struggled to recapture the brilliant form he has shown for his country and at previous club Juventus, while his future is also uncertain with his contract due to expire next year.
He isn’t suited to playing in a midfield pivot, which could be why Solskjaer so often chose to deploy a partnership of Fred and Scott McTominay last term.
Solskjaer may choose to throw in last summer’s signing Donny van de Beek, but given how little action he got last term, that seems unlikely.
Further forward in midfield, there is only one man for the job: Bruno Fernandes.
The Portugal international has become a talismanic figure for the club since coming in last January, registering an incredible total of 40 goals and 25 assists in just 80 games across all competitions.
Sancho should slot straight in at right wing, although he is more than capable of playing on the other flank if required.
The England international will be a menace to Premier League defences with his speed, trickery and agility, let alone his goalscoring threat.
Sancho bagged 50 goals and 64 assists in 137 games for Dortmund, and while he may take some time in adjusting to the Premier League, he is primed for stardom.
Marcus Rashford will, barring injury, retain his place on the left after enjoying yet another solid season, while Edinson Cavani should continue to get the nod up top after a fine debut campaign.
Cavani, 34, was brought in on a free transfer last summer and netted 17 times across all competitions as he established himself as a vital member of Solskjaer’s side.
Anthony Martial, meanwhile, has fallen down the pecking order for one of the three forward positions and could see his playing time limited next term.
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