Ah, my boyhood team. There hasn’t been much to enjoy in the last three years of being a Man Utd fan.
Since SAF retired, having been in a slow decline and not finishing inside the top 3, they have now turned their hand to Mourinho.
I am still undecided if this is a good decision, having witnessed the complete breakdown of Chelsea the season before hand.
However, there are a few convincing stats which should cheer up MUFC fans.
Mourinho has never finished outside the top 3, when in control of any club for a full season. This is a fantastic achievement, it contributes to his title of ‘The Special One’.
Last season, Man Utd weren’t good enough in the final third, but this isn’t the fault of the strikers. Martial, Rashford and Rooney had very good seasons. The tactics were wrong, and the style of play far too slow for the agile, clinical strikers to have any effect.
The slow build up play of Man Utd meant that by the time they had the ball in the opposing teams half, they already had 8-9 men behind the ball. It was never going to be easy.
Mourinho has a total different play style, so the old, slow tactics will be gone along with LVG.
Mourinho has so far spent £30 million better than LVG spent £250m.
Ibrahimovic – this one speaks for itself, he is known as a ‘king”, however judgement is reserved as Falcao was annihalating the Ligue 1, before coming to the EPL and failing miserably.
Mhikytaryan – How this transfer was completed for such a small fee is beyond me, he is one of the best creators of goals, but he also has a wicked eye for goal.
Pogba is not yet confirmed but if he is re-added to the Man Utd ranks, they have to be seen as genuine contenders.
The key signing for LVG, which will take Man Utd forward is Anthony Martial. At such a young age he came into the premier league, and pretty much tore it apart!
Other signings such as Rojo, Shaw, Depay, Herrera played well throughout but didn’t really shine.
This could be down to tactics, we know LVG was very disciplined and the players may not have had the tactical freedom they crave.
Who to watch – Rooney
Rooney has a point to prove this season. He managed only 8 goals last season which can be put down to the fact that LVG saw him as a midfielder. However, Mourinho has openly said Rooney will be a striker. If he doesn’t hit the ground running, there is Ibra, Martial and Rashford all waiting for their chance to shine. If they have a season like they did last year, it could be an issue for Rooney.
Prediction – This may be thought with my heart, but I believe Man Utd can challenge this year and they should be top 2 at least. They had a great defensive record last year with the consistent De Gea in goal, so if they can start scoring goals I can’t see why they won’t win the league.
My Prediction – CHAMPIONS