New season, same old Jose Mourinho.
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) 19 July 2018
Manchester United have endured a frustrating summer in the transfer market in their attempt to close the gap to Manchester City at the top of the Premier League. Pep Guardiola’s men left their bitter rivals in their wake last season to clinch the top-flight crown, reaching the 100-point park. After an early burst, the Red Devils were unable to match the pace of City for the majority of the campaign, finishing 19 points behind them at the end of the term. Jose Mourinho is now entering his third season at Old Trafford and only has the FA Cup to show for his time at the club, putting huge pressure on the Portuguese to deliver the title this season.
However, he has only been able to make one significant addition to his squad. Fred was one of the stars of last season’s Champions League for Shakhtar Donetsk, patrolling the middle of the park. He provided energy and a touch of class to the Ukrainian outfit. United moved ahead of City to secure the deal for the Brazilian to bolster their midfield ranks. Other than that Mourinho has added a back-up stopper in the form of Lee Grant and Diogo Dalot – a full-back for the future at the age of 19. With the transfer window scheduled to close on the 9th August, United are running out of time to make further signings to bridge the gap.
Bayern Munich duo Robert Lewandowski and Thiago Alcantara have been linked, but the German outfit will be desperate to retain the services of their key players. If the Red Devils are unable to prise them away from the Allianz Arena they will have to move swiftly to other targets. City are considered the overwhelming favourites to win the Premier League once again due to their dominance last term and unless United bolster the quality of their side they will be forced to watch their rivals lift the trophy once again.
The hope for United will be the improvement of their younger players, who are starting to enter their prime years. Paul Pogba proved at the World Cup that he has the talent to dominate in the middle of the park, guiding France to the world crown. With Fred alongside him in the midfield, the duo could do a lot of damage. Romelu Lukaku scored 16 goals in the Premier League last term and is capable of reaching 30 should he receive the ammunition.
— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) 15 July 2018
The wildcard could be the development of Marcus Rashford. When he broke on to the scene he looked capable of being an incredible talent. His rise has been stymied by being forced into a wide role. Rashford along with the rest of the England players could be reinvigorated by their experience at the World Cup therefore a surge in form could see United challenge for the crown at odds of 7/1 in the Premier League betting tips & predictions with bet365. Mourinho’s system should allow United to be stoic at the back once again, but there has to be more from the Red Devils in the final third.
The Portuguese has been criticised for his defensive style. However, given that City will be pushing men forward to match their exploits last season and United will have to match them point-for-point. There’s no excuse for Mourinho as he has spent more than enough money and has the talent to produce the same level of goals than their rivals. Another failure could be the end of his tenure at Old Trafford.