Although Manchester United came away from last season with their name on three trophies, they still had a disappointing first season under Jose Mourinho in terms of Premier League success. With a cracking start to the league last year, it looked like Jose’s Premier League experience was going to count for a lot, and it was looking like new signings in Ibrahimović, Pogba, and even Mkhitaryan were going to flourish.
Unfortunately, that didn’t quite pan out and United had to settle for a 6th place finish, which would have left them without Champions League football this season if Jose Mourinho didn’t put all his eggs in one basket to go on and win the Europa League. So, what will be different for Manchester United this year?
Ed Woodward Has Already Secured a Host of New Talent
Nemanja Matic, Victor Lindelof and, of course, Romelu Lukaku, have decided to join the United ranks this term in the hope they can contribute to a successful campaign. Ed Woodward has already done decent business this transfer window in acquiring three out of four of Jose Mourinho’s targets, with the last one of those targets expected to be Gareth Bale. It’s looking unlikely Mourinho will get the Wales international, but if he did, United will have the quality to shine not just in terms of a good starting eleven but also quality when it comes to the depth of the squad.
A Similar Defensive Display
United may have only finished in 6th spot last year, but it wasn’t due to poor defensive displays – it was because of a lack of goals. United had the second-best defence behind Tottenham, so they’ll be looking to bolster their defensive displays yet again. With the acquisition of Victor Lindelof, Manchester United now have another defender that gives them more depth, which was nearly a problem last year with the many defensive injuries United had.
United Will Enter the Season with an Attacking Mentality
Ibrahimović still scored plenty of goals last season, but due to a lack of goals from other players, it meant United were unable to capitalise on all the chances they created. Drawing with lower Premier League teams like Burnley, Stoke, and Swansea ended up costing them a top four place and the chance to compete with the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham.
With the signing of Lukaku, United now have a powerful weapon in attack and it could be him who takes United to the next level. It’s unclear where free agent Zlatan’s future lies because of his current knee injury, but there are rumours to suggest he’s currently in talks with United over the possibility of another deal.
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Will United compete for this season for the Premier League? Or will the £160 million they’ve already spent on new signings prove to be money down the drain? United kick off their campaign against West Ham at Old Trafford this Sunday, so we will find out.