Cristiano Ronaldo has come to Manchester United to increase the team’s chances of winning the silver award.

Ronaldo increases United’s attack options – and makes selection decisions quite complicated for coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as well.

United’s forward options are insanely strong and trying to pick the club’s strongest team is a difficult task.

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Below we take a look at United’s potentially best team for 2021/22 before we get into the ridiculously strong “second choice team”.

The defense is largely self-choosing, with Raphael Varane acting as Harry Maguire’s partner.

David de Gea has just earned the number one jersey and is selected in goal.

Marcus Rashford is inducted after a strong performance over the last two seasons and has scored 43 goals together.

This pushes Paul Pogba into a deeper midfield role, with Fred falling out.

Cristiano Ronaldo leads the line with Mason Greenwood on the right. Jadon Sancho may be able to assert himself on both sides – but now he has to prove himself first.

Serious strength in depth

Sancho snaps into place on the right flank below as part of a Front Three, with Edinson Cavani leading the line and Anthony Martial on the left.

This is a dangerous trio, stronger than many of the First Choice frontline threesomes United have raced with in recent years.

In midfield, Jesse Lingard takes over from Bruno Fernandes, supported by Fred and Donny van de Beek.

United also have options in defense, with Alex Telles, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof and Diogo Dalot, with Dean Henderson in goal.

Who is left for a third choice XI?

United still have a number of talented players who are not their first choice.

With a handful of talented academy players, we were able to put together a third-choice XI.

With the loaned full-backs Brandon Williams and Ethan Laird as well as Axel Tuanzebe and midfielder James Garner, we had to change the formation and promote the U23 talent Charlie Savage.

But there are a multitude of players with first-team experience including Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, Phil Jones, Amad, Shola Shoretire and Anthony Elanga, as well as goalkeeper Tom Heaton.

United can no longer complain about a lack of strength in depth, maybe only in midfield. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would do well to make everyone happy.

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