are set to spend big this summer as they look to overhaul their under-performing squad and revitalise the club.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already signed Swansea
winger Daniel James but is desperate to bring in more players with a right back, centre back and forward all part of his plan.
With the club's recruitment strategy still in the hands of Ed Woodward after talks over hiring a sporting director were shelved, Sportsmail
assesses United's principal targets, where they would fit in and how much they are expected to cost.
AARON WAN BISSAKA - CRYSTAL PALACE - RIGHT BACK - £50M
The Crystal Palace defender is the obvious candidate to become the long-term solution for United at right back.
A sensational breakthrough campaign for the Eagles has seen him emerge as one of the Premier League's and Europe's best-performing players in his position.
Last season Wan-Bissaka made the most clearances and interceptions, won the most tackles, had the highest tackle success and completed the most take-ons of all the Premier League's full backs.
His success has led to a hefty price tag though and United will have to part with around £50m in order to sign him. Solskjaer has made it clear that he is the man he wants though and a deal looks likely.
THOMAS MEUNIER - PSG - RIGHT BACK - £30M
If United are priced out of a move for Wan-Bissaka then they seemingly have a ready-made alternative in Meunier.
The Belgian has seen his first team chances limited in Paris following the arrival of Dani Alves and now, at the age of 27, he wants to be playing regularly.
PSG have set their asking price at £30m, a more realistic figure that could prove to be good value for a player in his prime.
Meunier has attracted interest from both Arsenal and Everton though and the fact he turns 28 in September could put them off as they try and recruit more young players.
MOUSSA DEMBELE - LYON - STRIKER - £40M
Solskjaer is desperate to shake up his misfiring strikeforce this summer and the 22-year-old Frenchman is one name being considered.
Dembele only moved from Celtic to Lyon last summer but enjoyed a prolific season, scoring 23 times in all competitions.
Reports last month suggested United are willing to offer as much as £40m for the former Fulham striker as they prepare to replace Romelu Lukaku, who has been linked with Inter Milan.
Lyon paid Celtic £20m for Dembele in the summer of 2018 and so could potentially at least double their money within 12 months of his arrival if they decide to sell.
TANGUY NDOMBELE - LYON - CENTRAL MIDFIELD - £70M
Everybody seems to be after the 22-year-old French midfielder this summer after an impressive season with Lyon.
have already opened talks over a possible club record deal for Ndombele but the clubs remain apart on valuation.
The French side want a whopping £70m for their prized asset, a significant fee for United that could put them off.
If they lose Paul Pogba to Real Madrid then they could pursue a deal for Ndombele but expect Solskjaer to focus on improving his defence first.
ERIC DIER - TOTTENHAM - DEFENSIVE MIDFIELD - £40M
Dier has been linked with United before and his versatility would allow Solskjaer to use him in both midfield and defence.
He managed 28 appearances during the 2018-19 campaign due to injury and poor form, with Mauricio Pochettino opting for Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko in midfield.
United are keen to upgrade on Nemanja Matic, who is now 30, and Dier could be the man to fill the void. The Red Devils are also considering West Ham's Declan Rice.
There are some reservations about Dier's fitness though and at £40m the club would be looking to recruit a guaranteed starter.
JOAO FELIX - BENFICA - ATTACKING MIDFIELD - £105M
Felix is one of the most in-demand prospects in world football after a breakthrough campaign with Benfica saw him score 20 goals and contribute 11 assists for the Portuguese giants.
Both United and Manchester City are targeting the 19-year-old forward but are yet to meet his €120million (£105m) release clause.
It is hoped Felix would bring the flair and dynamism that United's attack has been lacking in recent seasons but he would command a hefty fee for someone of such a young age.
Solskjaer may see the fee as unrealistic and it would be illogical to waste his budget when there are other areas he must improve.
IVAN RAKITIC - BARCELONA - CENTRAL MIDFIELD - £50M
While United are keen to bring players in, Barcelona are desperately searching for someone to buy members of their bloated squad.
Rakitic, despite not doing much wrong at the Nou Camp, looks to be one of those on the chopping block and, as we have seen over the past few years, United are keen on players who may be just past their best (see Radamel Falcao, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Alexis Sanchez as examples).
While Barca want the Croatian to depart and free up some money on the wage bill, Rakitic is desperate to stay. He has been at Barcelona since 2014 in a hugely successful period. He's won four La Liga titles and the Champions League.
It is thought that Barcelona would want around £50m for Rakitic and the addition of Frenkie de Jong could persuade him that United are a better option next season.
HARRY MAGUIRE - LEICESTER - CENTRE BACK - £90M
Maguire flirted with United after his heroics for England at last summer's World Cup but ended up signing a new contract with the Foxes instead.
wants Maguire to replace Vincent Kompany at City but at £90m the price is far in excess of what the Premier League champions would be prepared to pay.
United are prepared to bid nearer to Leicester's asking price and hope to persuade the 26-year-old that his future lies at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer is aware of the need to strengthen in central defence after conceding more goals last season than any time in the last 40 years. Maguire also fits the profile of the young British player wanted by the manager.
MILAN SKRINIAR - INTER MILAN - CENTRE BACK - £80M
One of their alternatives to Maguire looked likely to be Milan Skriniar of Inter.
The Slovakian is highly rated at the San Siro after going from strength to strength since joining from Sampdoria in 2017.
The central defender had been linked by with a host of Premier League
clubs including Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham as well as United and Liverpool.
However, he penned a new contract with Inter earlier this summer and looks unlikely to leave any time soon following the arrival of Antonio Conte.
SEAN LONGSTAFF - NEWCASTLE - CENTRAL MIDFIELD - £20M
Longstaff emerged as a surprise target for United having caught their interest during a 13-game run in the Newcastle first-team last season.
He has been earmarked as a potential replacement for Ander Herrera and is viewed as a player who could emulate United coach and fellow Geordie Michael Carrick.
A move for Longstaff is believed to be on standby at present as they want to get a new right back through the door, but expect United to come back for him once that is out the way.
Longstaff suffered serious ligament damage in his knee in March but has now started running and kicking a ball again and could be fit for the start of the new season.