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2019/2020

Manchester United

In


Aaron Wan-Bissaka (def) Crystal Palace; Daniel James (mid) Swansea; Joel Pereira (gk) Kortrijk – end of loan; Harry Maguire (def) Leicester City;

Out


Ander Herrera (r) (mid) PSG; Antonio Valencia (sp) (def) LDU Quito; James Wilson (att) Aberdeen;

After an expectedly poor last season that saw Mourinho sacked and hastily replaced by the inexperienced and unproven Ole Solskjaer, Man United continue to struggle finding identity. Ever since Sir Alex Ferguson left, the displays and results have been poor, with the Red Devils unable to win a major trophy in the last 5 years. Solskjaer is finding it as difficult this summer as his predecessor to strengthen the squad, with the absence of Champions League football deterring most of the top players from even considering joining. On top of that, both Pogba and Lukaku are heavily linked with moves away once more, and even if they stay they are unlikely to be very happy squad members. The big issue that needs addressing is the poor defending, and Solskjaer must find a way to deliver better stability. The arrival of right-back Wan-Bissaka and De Gea’s extended contract are helpful news in that department. The departure of Herrera in the summer leaves a gap to be filled in midfield, and all indications are that the young Scot McTominay could become a regular starter. Solskajer is keen on trusting several more youngsters from the Academy, and his preferences are to use both Rashford and Greenwood much more in attack. However, none of them has shown yet that they have what it takes to be prolific goalscorers. There are many pundits that worry the forward threat is not enough to really trouble the top defences. Harry Maguire finally signed from Leicester City after a prolonged negotiation. His addition to the back line is predicted to see the number of goals conceded by United reduce significantly.

Target


Top 4 is the big goal, but to achieve it they will have to exceed expectations, both as a team and as individuals.

Season Review
2018/2019

№6: Manchester United

This was another season that confirmed how far away from the top teams in the country Man United are in pretty much every department. It all started going wrong in the summer when Mourinho was not given enough funds to strengthen what was obviously an average squad. Mourinho’s behaviour and comments hardly helped; in his defence he was honest and right with everything he said, which quickly created a toxic atmosphere in the dressing room. Playing without much desire and with all sorts of problems on the road United looked poor from early on. The tone for things to come was set in the first 7 rounds when 3 defeats were suffered, away embarrassments against Brighton and West Ham + heavy 0:3 home bashing vs. Tottenham. Things didn’t improve much as the season progressed and come December Mourinho’s reign ended. Solskajer took charge to enjoy a long honeymoon and 11-game winning streak, but this came mainly due to the easy schedule, and once the serious tests started coming up and Solskajer was inexplicably appointed as permanent boss, United crumbled again. Just 2 points were earned in last 5 league matches to officially lose the battle for a top 4 finish, and also under Solskajer the team went on its longest run without a clean sheet for nearly 40 years! The only player able to change the fortunes of the team when he played well was Pogba and that’s why he was the only United player to make the Premier League’s team of the season. With all sorts of issues on and off the pitch, the chances of United challenging for serious trophies in the next few seasons are remote.


Player of the Season: Paul Pogba

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