Right now the Manchester United fan base has our tails wagging over the current form of this Manchester United team. So much that, exciting talks have already started to take place about how far we can go next season and can we, in fact, go all the way under Ole Gunnar?
The Premier League is a very very competitive league, with high-intensity temp and a very demanding fixture list, especially when you go far in cup competitions.
I am going to give my thoughts and opinions on if Manchester United can win the league next season (I want to hear your thoughts & opinions too!). First, we have to look at our team as it stands right now, as current transfer rumours are not a definite addition. Secondly, I’ll cover the areas we need to improve and add depth. Finally, I’ll share the players who I think fit best with the team we already have.
The spotlights on the Manchester United Team Next Season
The spotlight is very much on Manchester united to perform next season yes, mostly through the fault of our own with the decline since 2013 post-Sir Alex Ferguson which is when Manchester United last won the league title.But, to add more salt to the wound, now Liverpool has just won their first title in 30 years! And, it may not be his fault but it was under the nose of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a former Manchester United legend.
Now, I really didn’t want to mention Liverpool in this :(, it’s as hard for me to write as it is for you to read but the fact is Liverpool are now 1 away from equaling our 20 league titles. As a fan, it would be easy for me to say Manchester United are good enough to win the league with this squad but I want to be honest and realistic with you about this.
Now, sadly, again I have to quickly talk about the teams ahead of us in the league. Manchester City, although ageing they still possess a whole load of quality throughout the squad not just their first 11. I will keep it fair and not talk about future signings because these things are not definite, however, they are still an added pressure to united as they are a direct rival.
No disrespect, but I am not going to talk about Leicester as I think Man Utd will finish higher than them this season and I don’t think they will make the top 4 next seasons either. So lastly it’s Chelsea. I know I said I wouldn’t talk about transfers but some of Chelsea transfers have been finalised, like Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner. As it stands Chelsea are currently ahead of us in the league and are heavily stacked with quality attacking options for next season.
Question marks over some players?
IF we could choose a first 11 that was able to play every game of the season and pick up no injuries I would put this Manchester United team up there to challenge for the Premier League next season but yes I know, the percentage of a first 11 playing every single game with no injuries is more or less impossible.
Manchester United simply have too much ‘deadwood’ in the squad. I don’t know if you’ve noticed but when we make a substitution and it’s one of our attacking players (especially in the midfield) our performance level drops dramatically. We have not quality depth in the attacking areas of the pitch. So depth is needed.
Also, Manchester United have three or four areas of the pitch that are still questionable to win the league with this 11. The first two positions are the goalkeeper and Left back. I am starting with these because personally, I think we can still win a premier league with these two players. There may be better players out there but in all honesty, you don’t need the best in every position.
David De Gea and who has raised a few questions about whether he is still good enough to be a Manchester United number 1. My opinion is, yes I think he is. I have faith in De Gea and feel next season will be his make or break. Here’s an article about what Manchester United’s greatest ever keeper, Peter Schmeichel had to say. If his errors continue into next season then I think patience will run out and it will be his last season as Manchester United number 1. As for Luke Shaw, he doesn’t really bomb down the left flank like you’re modern-day full-back. Is he the left-back we all expected him to become? Never the less, left-back is not a priority but a position that needs competition.
Then it’s our centre back pairing. Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire have a decent relationship that could get you top four but I’m not confident they can win you the league (Ole Gunnar seems to think so) but for me, I definitely wouldn’t say it’s a centre back pairing that you could almost count on to win you the league. The pair majorly lack pace and I feel one quick CB is vital in a Premier League teams success. We do have Eric Bailly & Axel Tuanzebe who I rate but I just don’t see them ever staying fit.
Lastly, it’s the centre forward position. Tony Martial literally splits the fan base. One side thinks he can be and is the answer to our centre forward goal scoring problems. The other side feels he will never be good enough to be a Manchester united centre forward. Martial has never scored more than 20 Premier League goals in a season and comparing him to our past centre forwards and their goals return the Martial doubters have a strong point. I think we should give Tony Martial a full season in the centre forward position, I personally think he can be our answer. His finishing and link-up play when played in that position should not be looked over.
Who & what do we need
Manchester United need to strengthen the squad, we need to be able to bring quality from the bench and good replacements for when injuries arise. Here are four signings I feel Manchester United need to make to be strong title contenders:
- Ibrahima Konate (RB Leipzig, Estimated Value – £36.45m)
- Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester, Estimated Value – £50m – £60m)
- Jack Grealish (Aston Villa, Estimated Value £45m – £60m)
- Jadon Sancho (Dortmund, Estimated Value £80m – £100m)
(I saw a great Youtube video about how Manchester United can win the league and the players they should sign and we both have near-identical views.
Now, the problem with Manchester United is, our transfer activity hasn’t been efficient for a while now, we take far too long to finalise deals which eats up a lot of our transfer window. I really don’t see us making four signings in the transfer window. On the bright side, I think we will definitely sign two players in the window.
While we strengthen our team everyone else will be as well but, this Manchester United Team are on to something great I can see it, I can feel it. Ole Gunnar is building something here, next season is more of a ‘shortening the gap’ season so I don’t think Manchester United will win the league. However, the season after is where I will fully expect United to win the Premier League if not win, be a close challenge right to the end. As an honest expectancy, I believe Machester United will win the league title within the next three years.
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