After the aquisition of Matic earlier in the week, Manchester United now have a potential starting 11 with an average height of 6ft 3 for next season.

With the signings of Lukaku 6ft 3, Matic 6ft 4 and Lindelof 6ft 2 it’s clear that Jose Mourinho has his heart set on a physical team for the upcoming campaign.

Last season United were in fact the 4th tallest team in the Premier League with an average height of 6ft, West Brom were first with an average height of 6ft 1. United look set to become the tallest this season with their recent signings, which is a scary prospect for their opponents. It could get even more daunting if 6ft 5 inch Zlatan Ibrahimovic resigns for the new season.

 

Potential Manchester United Starting 11 Next Season

  • Ibrahimovic: 6ft 5
  • De Gea: 6ft 4
  • Fellaini: 6ft 4
  • Smalling: 6ft 4
  • Matic: 6ft 4
  • Pogba: 6ft 3
  • Lukaku: 6ft 3
  • Lindelof: 6ft 2
  • Bailly: 6ft 2
  • Rojo: 6ft 2
  • Carrick: 6ft 1

Of course this is an unlikely team, but to have this potential option is certainly an advantage for Mourinho and his squad.

Through set-pieces, crosses and long balls alone, United have a very simple weapon that could prove near impossible to deal with.

So with all this height does it mean guarenteed success? We took a look at successful tall teams from the past to see what United might be in store for next season.

 

Arsenal Invincibles

The most impressive team in a single Premier League season, the Arsenal Invincibles had an average height of 6ft.

 

France 1998 World Cup Winning Team

Containing many of the Arsenal Invincibles, this world class French team had 10 of the best players alive standing at over 6ft tall, including…Henry, Trezeguet, Vieira, Barthez, Thuram, Desailly, Zidane, Pires, Petit and Leboeuf.

 

Chelsea’s Relentless 2008-2009 Squad

This team was untouchable and ran away with the premier league title. The team included: Frank Lampard 6ft, John Terry 6ft 2, Alex 6ft 2, Drogba 6ft 2, Anelka 6ft 1, Ballack 6ft 2, Cech 6ft 5, Ivanovic 6ft 1 and Obi Mikel 6ft 2.

 

Real Madrid’s Galacticos

The all-star team of all-star teams. This squad included…David Beckham 6ft, Zidane 6ft 1, Figo 5ft 11, Raul 5ft 11, Ronaldo 6ft, Morientes 6ft 1, Helguera 6ft 1, Guti 6ft, Hierro 6ft 2 and Casillas 6ft 1.

 

Jose Mourinho’s Overpowering Inter Milan Team

Can history tell us anything about Mourinho’s previously tall teams and what he can do with them?

Inter Milan dominated world football in 2009-2010 and were the best team in Europe under Jose Mourinho. They had players such as…Eto’o 5ft 11, Milito 6ft, Lucio 6ft 2, Thiago Motta 6ft 2, Cambiasso 5ft 10, Samuel 6ft, Balotelli 6ft 2, Stankovic 5ft 11 and Chivu 6ft.

 

It’s clear that tall teams have been successful over the years. However the likes of Barcelona have proven that skill is far more important.

One thing that all of the above teams had in common, is that they combined height and talent.

This is something that United have at their disposal this season which should create an entertaining combination. With such talent and physical prowess, no one is going to look forward to away games at Old Trafford next season.

After the aquisition of Matic earlier in the week, Manchester United now have a potential starting 11 with an average height of 6ft 3 for next season.

With the signings of Lukaku 6ft 3, Matic 6ft 4 and Lindelof 6ft 2 it's clear that Jose Mourinho has his heart set on a physical team for the upcoming campaign.

Last season United were in fact the 4th tallest team in the Premier League with an average height of 6ft, West Brom were first with an average height of 6ft 1. United look set to become the tallest this season with their recent signings, which is a scary prospect for their opponents. It could get even more daunting if 6ft 5 inch Zlatan Ibrahimovic resigns for the new season.

 

Potential Manchester United Starting 11 Next Season

  • Ibrahimovic: 6ft 5
  • De Gea: 6ft 4
  • Fellaini: 6ft 4
  • Smalling: 6ft 4
  • Matic: 6ft 4
  • Pogba: 6ft 3
  • Lukaku: 6ft 3
  • Lindelof: 6ft 2
  • Bailly: 6ft 2
  • Rojo: 6ft 2
  • Carrick: 6ft 1

Of course this is an unlikely team, but to have this potential option is certainly an advantage for Mourinho and his squad.

Through set-pieces, crosses and long balls alone, United have a very simple weapon that could prove near impossible to deal with.

So with all this height does it mean guarenteed success? We took a look at successful tall teams from the past to see what United might be in store for next season.

 

Arsenal Invincibles

The most impressive team in a single Premier League season, the Arsenal Invincibles had an average height of 6ft.

 

France 1998 World Cup Winning Team

Containing many of the Arsenal Invincibles, this world class French team had 10 of the best players alive standing at over 6ft tall, including...Henry, Trezeguet, Vieira, Barthez, Thuram, Desailly, Zidane, Pires, Petit and Leboeuf.

 

Chelsea's Relentless 2008-2009 Squad

This team was untouchable and ran away with the premier league title. The team included: Frank Lampard 6ft, John Terry 6ft 2, Alex 6ft 2, Drogba 6ft 2, Anelka 6ft 1, Ballack 6ft 2, Cech 6ft 5, Ivanovic 6ft 1 and Obi Mikel 6ft 2.

 

Real Madrid's Galacticos

The all-star team of all-star teams. This squad included...David Beckham 6ft, Zidane 6ft 1, Figo 5ft 11, Raul 5ft 11, Ronaldo 6ft, Morientes 6ft 1, Helguera 6ft 1, Guti 6ft, Hierro 6ft 2 and Casillas 6ft 1.

 

Jose Mourinho's Overpowering Inter Milan Team

Can history tell us anything about Mourinho's previously tall teams and what he can do with them?

Inter Milan dominated world football in 2009-2010 and were the best team in Europe under Jose Mourinho. They had players such as...Eto'o 5ft 11, Milito 6ft, Lucio 6ft 2, Thiago Motta 6ft 2, Cambiasso 5ft 10, Samuel 6ft, Balotelli 6ft 2, Stankovic 5ft 11 and Chivu 6ft.

 

It's clear that tall teams have been successful over the years. However the likes of Barcelona have proven that skill is far more important.

One thing that all of the above teams had in common, is that they combined height and talent.

This is something that United have at their disposal this season which should create an entertaining combination. With such talent and physical prowess, no one is going to look forward to away games at Old Trafford next season.