Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is plotting a formation change next season to help Manchester United challenge for the Premier League title.
The Norwegian has regularly used a 4-2-3-1 system with Scott McTominay and Fred his frequent pairing to anchor the midfield.
The duo started together in midfield 28 times last season and while the manager regularly depended on the two during key moments in the season, their lack of invention in the middle of the park was a source of frustration among sections of the club support.
According to ESPN, Solskjaer now wants to implement a more attacking 4-3-3 system that could signal the end of the ‘McFred’ partnership.
In the new system, Bruno Fernandes will be joined by Paul Pogba or Donny van de Beek with one of Fred or McTominay providing the anchor in midfield.
The report also suggests signing a new centre-half will be fundamental to the new system. United are in talks with Raphael Varane with hope of bringing the France international to Old Trafford.
Th 28-year-old has just one year left on his deal with Real Madrid and has provided no indication he is ready to renew his stay in the Spanish capital.
Talks have been taking place with Real Madrid defender Varane’s representatives and now The Sun report that the World Cup winner has agreed to move to Old Trafford.
United are still to agree a fee with Real but believe they can get their man for £50m.
The club have already agreed a deal to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund with the England international expected to be formally unveiled in the coming days.