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Who will Manchester United be scouting at Euro 2016?

Paul Pogba, Cristiano Ronaldo, Grzegorz Krychowiak ... your group-by-group guide to the players that Manchester United will, may and should be keeping an eye on in France.

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There may only be ten Manchester United players attending Euro 2016 as players, but there are many more potential Manchester United players just waiting to be discovered. Here is your handy guide to those players that have recently been linked with United, should you wish to keep an eye on them, along with a couple we'd quite like to make the move.

Group A

France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland

The obvious place to start is France: United have been linked with both Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann in recent times. Both are brilliant and would be wonderful signings, though we're not getting our hopes up and we suggest you do likewise. Er, don't likewise. Er, that you, likewise, don't. Whatever.

Beyond that, the Swiss. There have been suggestions that United are interested in — and rivalling Arsenal for — Swiss leftback Ricardo Rodriguez, who is pretty great. Not sure where that would Luke Shaw, mind, so maybe it's just noise for fee-inflation. There have also been rumours surrounding young Basle forward Breel Embolo, who was born several months after the conclusion of Euro 96. That shouldn't really be allowed.

Group B

England, Russia, Wales, Slovakia

"B" stands for Bale, of course, and we can be certain that Ed Woodward will be making another futile phone call to Real Madrid at some point this summer. When it comes to England, those John Stones rumours aren't going away, though since the poor lad is currently in the "trash his prospects, call him useless, drop him, burn him, burn him" stage of the England hype cycle, he may not get a game.

Group C

Germany, Ukraine, Poland, Northern Ireland

It's been suggested in the last couple of days that United are interested in Polish midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, who plays his club football for Sevilla. Though those same suggestions also note that Barcelona fancy him as well, so that might not be plain sailing for the good ship Woodward. United will almost certainly be linked to Germany's Toni Kroos and Poland's Robert Lewandowski at some point this summer. It's basically a tradition. Nothing will come of it.

Alternatively, THE TRIUMPHANT RETURN OF ROY CARROLL, coming soon to a newspaper near you.

Group D

Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey, Croatia

Slim pickings here. Turkish freekick genius Hakan Çalhanoğlu has been linked to United several times over the last year or so and, though none of those rumours have come from anywhere particularly reputable, he's great fun to watch. So do that. Barcelona and Spain defender Marc Bartra is apparently for sale, though tBB is always too distracted by his perfect cheekbones to work out if he's any good or not.

We will not be mentioning David de Gea. This is a happy place.

Group E

Belgium, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Sweden

It's almost easier to find members of the Belgium squad that haven't been linked to United at some point. Of those, Romelu Lukaku will be familiar; Radja Nainggolan perhaps less so, if you don't watch your Serie A. For those that don't: he's a dynamic midfielder with amusing hair and, in a surprising turn of events, Juventus won again. There's also some bloke called Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the Swedish squad. Never heard of him.

Group F

Portugal, Iceland, Austria, Hungary

Jose Mourinho, as you have may have heard, is Portuguese, and as a result Manchester United will almost certainly be linked to most of their squad at some point. Particularly Cristiano Ronaldo, because that's definitely on this time, we promise, absolutely, totally, one hundred and eleven per cent.

Beyond the almighty CR7, perhaps the most intriguing suggested target is Sporting midfielder Joao Mario, who has had an impressive season with Sporting in Lisbon and will likely start for the Portuguese. Old rumour mill favourite William Carvalho — Bill, as sadly never caught on — is also in the squad. And this gives us the chance to watch Renato Sanches and exult in a dodged bullet/weep over United's failure to close the deal [delete according to performance].

There is no basis to including Austria's David Alaba here beyond wishful thinking, but hey. Allow us this one. He's just so good.