2016/17 Season Preview: Manchester United

Manchester_United_FC_crest.svgAfter three seasons of disappointment for Man United fans, is Jose Mourinho the man to lead the Red Devils to a first Premier League title in four years?

Manager: Jose Mourinho
Home ground: Old Trafford
Last season: 5th
Highest EPL accolade: Winners (1993, ’94, ’96, ’97, ’99, ’00, ’01, ’03, ’07, ’08, ’09, ’11, ’13)

 

Star Player

Anthony Martial was a £36m arrival from Monaco last summer image: dailymail.co.uk

Anthony Martial was a £36m arrival from Monaco last summer
image: dailymail.co.uk

Not many people would have known the name Anthony Martial before the start of last season but Louis van Gaal’s £36m gamble proved to be an inspired signing, as the Frenchman hit the ground running at Man United to silence his doubters.

The France international was an instant hit with fans as he scored a superb goal in his debut against Liverpool and continued to impress finishing on 17 goals in all competitions and at just 20-years-old, he should get better and better either as a striker or on the left-wing.

I think he will be an even better player this season under new manager Jose Mourinho and also has the experienced Zlatan Ibrahimovic to learn from this season. He is quick, has awesome tekkers and will continue to cause any defenders problems in a more likely left-wing role this year.

Key Transfers

IN

Eric Bailly (Villlareal – £30m), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG – Free), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund – £26m), Paul Pogba (Juventus – £89m)

OUT

Guillermo Varela (Eintracht Frankfurt – Season loan), Victor Valdes (Middlesbrough – Free), Paddy McNair & Donald Love (Sunderland – £5.5m), Adnan Januzaj (Sunderland – Season loan), Nick Powell (Wigan – Free), Ashley Fletcher (West Ham – Free)

One to Watch

Man United look like they have got a gem of a player in striker Marcus Rashford and after making his breakthrough to the first-team, he has become one of England’s most talked about youngsters and impressed so much he earned a call up for England’s Euro 2016 campaign.

Marcus Rashofrd scored a barce on his debut against image: theworldgame.sbs.com.au

Marcus Rashford scored a brace on his debut against Midtiylland
image: theworldgame.sbs.com.au

Rashford got an unlikely start against Midtjylland in the Europa League after Martial was injured in the warm up and was an instant hit with two debut goals to force his way into van Gaal’s first team plans and finished the season with eight goals in 18 appearances in all competitions.

The 18-year-old is only going to get better and better if he wants to prove to be England’s next big star. It will be hard for him to keep Ibrahimovic out of the team but he has the skill and confidence to become a super sub as he looks to build on an impressive couple of months.

Best XI

De Gea

Darmian   Smalling   Bailly   Shaw

Schneiderlin   Pogba

  Mkhitaryan     Rooney      Martial

  Ibrahimovic

Prediction: 1st

Man United missed out on Champions League football after finsihing fifth image: teamtalk.com

Man United missed out on Champions League football after finishing fifth
image: teamtalk.com

It has been a hard three seasons for Man United fans following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013 but with Jose Mourinho now in charge, I feel confident as a United fan that the Red Devils will be back in the title mix this season.

Mourinho has brought Paul Pogba, Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan with him to Old Trafford and we these incredible signings, United look like the team to beat this season. Quality continues in the league’s best goalkeeper David DeGea but a new defender would not go amiss.

I think it will be a three-horse race with Man United, Man City and Chelsea in for the title but Mourinho is the only manager of the three that knows the league and knows how to win it. I think it will be a close race and but I think it will be Wayne Rooney lifting the trophy in May.

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