Manchester United may have finished sixth in the Premier League, but they ended up enjoying a very profitable 2016-17 season.
Jose Mourinho, who took over United reins from Louis van Gaal last summer, became United’s first manager in history to win a trophy in his first year with February’s EFL Cup final win.
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If United are to compete for the title this season, as well as progress in the Champions League, they will need serious reinforcements.
As one would expect, United have been linked with a whole host of names this summer, including Ivan Perisic, Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata and Romelu Lukaku.
However, another rising Premier League star has revealed his ambition to move to Old Trafford one day, labelling United as the biggest club in the world.
When discussing his future, Jack Butland, one of the brightest youngsters in England’s top-flight revealed his long-term intention to join United.
The Stoke City goalkeeper was outlining his career aims and told talkSPORT, via Squawka: “My ambitions are to be the Stoke number one and England number one.
“But there are other things I want to achieve in my career as well. I want to play in the Champions League and I want to win trophies.”
The 24-year-old continued: “There’s no reason why we can’t win trophies at Stoke, we’ll try and win some cups and do as well as we can, but I obviously have ambitions.
“If it’s the right move at the right time, you never know. You always have to think about these things. A club like Manchester United, or whoever it may be.
“United are, for me, the biggest club in the world and you have to take those things in consideration. But if it’s right, if it’s not, I’ll make those decisions at the time.”
After unfortunately suffering a serious ankle injury whilst playing for England last year, Butland missed virtually the entire 2016-17 season.
Butland returned for the final five games of Stoke’s league campaign, keeping two clean sheets and reminding everyone of his ability with some brilliant shot-stopping.
After nailing down a role in Mark Hughes’ starting XI, the England international will now have his sights firmly set on displacing Joe Hart as England’s number one.
He has just five international caps to his name, however he was in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the World Cup qualifier with Scotland and played 45 minutes of the friendly match against France.
As for his compatriot, Torino’s president claimed that they didn’t expect so many mistakes from Hart during his season-long loan, and the Manchester City goalie’s future is incredibly unclear. Joe Hart has been subject of transfer to Arsenal in recent months.
Of course, the United are more than covered in the goalkeeping department at the moment with Sergio Romero and the world-class David de Gea.
However, if De Gea was to ever join Real Madrid, something he has been close to doing on a number of occasions, he would certainly be a fantastic replacement in the long-run.
Butland has attracted huge interest from United’s Premier League rivals in recent months, with reports linking Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal.