Three ways Manchester United could line up with Saul Niguez amid transfer links

Man United have been linked with a move for Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez this summer.


Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez is the latest player to be linked with a transfer to Manchester United this summer.

The MEN understands United are targeting two more major signings once Jadon Sancho's imminent arrival is finalised and reports emerged on Tuesday claiming Saul's agent has made contact with Old Trafford chiefs over the possibility of a transfer.

It's said that Saul's representatives have also contacted Liverpool, though, and the Spaniard has also been heavily linked with Barcelona, but it's not a surprise the midfielder is seemingly in demand after clinching the La Liga title with Atletico Madrid.

Saul, 26, made 41 appearances across all competitions for Atletico last season and over the years he's built a reputation as one of Europe's finest players, boasting a varied skillset on the ball which could offer United the perfect balance they need in midfield.

So, how could United line up if they do decide to call Saul? We've taken a closer look below.


Although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted that United could change formation next season, the 4-2-3-1 has been one of the constant features of his tenure - the Norwegian actually used this approach in 86 per cent of the Reds' fixtures last campaign.

Rather surprisingly considering the formation's popularity in the modern-day game, Atletico Madrid didn't use it last season, but Saul has demonstrated he would be more than comfortable playing in a double pivot, which would likely be alongside Paul Pogba.

Saul's composure on the ball and tenacity when not in possession could allow Pogba to freely roam forward, and that pair could strike up an elite partnership in midfield to offer United some much-needed balance.

Bruno Fernandes is in the attacking midfield role in this line-up while soon-to-be new recruit Jadon Sancho occupies the right-wing position.


Now, the limitations of the 4-2-3-1 have regularly been exposed across Solskjaer's reign and the 4-3-3 formation could transform United, with the approach ensuring the Reds can take the game to the opposition thanks to a dynamic midfield three.

Saul would play in the deepest position of the three midfielders, which would allow Pogba and Fernandes to work in tandem to drive the ball into dangerous areas which an attacking trio of Sancho, Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford would certainly thrive off.

The MEN understands Solskjaer is considering using this formation this season and it would certainly be an exciting prospect to savour come United's opening game of the campaign against Leeds on August 14, especially if Saul makes his debut at Old Trafford that day.


This formation, which places a great emphasis on attacking, might not work with United's current personnel, but if Saul was to swap Madrid for Manchester then he would be a suitable candidate to play in this deep midfield position to protect the back four.

His excellent range of passing could fashion opportunities for United and it would help break the opposition's defensive lines, so the value he could add to attacking sequences shouldn't be underestimated - Pogba could simply drop back and cover when required.

This formation might leave United vulnerable in games of high importance, though.

Source: manchestereveningnews.co.uk

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