EPL SEASON PREVIEW - Manchester United

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EPL SEASON PREVIEW - Manchester United


The Manager: Jose Mourinho
The self-proclaimed "special one", remains one of the most competitive and successful managers in the game. A trophy-less season will have hurt the Portuguese last term and he will be leaving no stone unturned in an effort to put that right this season.   


The Squad:
Many anticipated a pretty radical overhaul of the squad over the summer months, with the likes of Gareth Bale touted as possible acquisitions as Mourninho attempts to bridge the gap to big city rivals Manchester City. However that hasn't really occurred.
Solid rather than spectacular last term, a creative spark was deemed the number one requirement to inject a dose of flair into the at times workmanlike displays of the Red Devils. Nemanja Matic was just about United's best player last season so it therefore looks a little surprising that their biggest acquisition of the summer is another ball winning type of midfielder in Fred.
There are few problems in defence or in the goalkeeping positions, whilst Lukaku can always be relied upon for goals. Expect more from Alexis Sanchez this season too as he becomes more comfortable in his new surroundings. With Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford remaining in the squad, they look to have enough going forward to cause most sides problems.


Star Man: Paul Pogba
He hasn't really played like one of the worlds expensive players yet, but if this Man Utd side is to seriously challenge, then Paul Pogba surely must have a big season. Buoyed by an excellent World Cup, don't be surprised to see the flamboyant Frenchman light up the league this year. A lot rests on the shoulders of Pogba when it comes to attacking impetus and he can be expected to be deployed in a more forward thinking role following the arrival of Fred. Goals and assists are what is required if Pogba is to live up to his undoubted potential.


Outlook:
19 points adrift of Manchester City last season, United don't look to have done enough in the off season to challenge for the title this year. With Liverpool in contrast appearing to have conducteed excellent business over the summer months, the Red Devils may slip a little further down the Premier League pecking order this season.


Premier League Prediction: 3rd



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