With the 2016/17 Premier League season fast approaching, the sense that we’re on the cusp of the most competitive title race in the modern era is difficult to escape. Manchester City and Chelsea have both brought in high-calibre managers, champions Leicester City have only lost N’Golo Kante from their title winning side and Tottenham Hotspur continue to lurk with intent. But last season’s sleeping beast has shown visible signs of stirring this summer, with Jose Mourinho intent on leading Manchester United to domestic glory this season. With that in mind, here are five reasons why United could win the Premier League this season.
1) They’ve brought in Jose Mourinho
This is the most obvious change from last season. Removing Louis van Gaal and replacing him with a manager with an incredible track record of success in the modern game gives United a great chance of success in the league next season; Mourinho had been there and done that 3 times with Chelsea during his two spells at the club, and knows how to win.
2) They’ve signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic
It was hardly a surprise when the Swede eventually signed for United after his country’s involvement in Euro 2016 was over, and Ibrahimovic’s presence at United, as another man who has experienced incredible success in his career is invaluable. He’s strong, determined and capable of delivering the goals that United lacked so badly last season.
3) Paul Pogba will strengthen their midfield
United have had problems in the middle of the park since Paul Scholes retired for good in 2011, but have missed the presence of a strong, fast and physical player for far longer. Pogba, pending the completion of his deal from Juventus, offers that and more, and has already developed an insatiable competitive streak that will be very welcome in Mourinho’s plans.
4) The squad is stronger
The signings of Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan mean that United have already improved their strength in depth, something that frequently became an issue last term in the midst of a pronounced injury crisis as Van Gaal favoured a small squad with untried youth players frequently thrown into big games when injuries demanded them. United already have a better variety of options in defence, attacking midfield and up front, which will help no end as this coming season develops.
5) Louis van Gaal is no longer in charge
As critical as it might sound, the Dutchman’s presence frequently hindered United last season, and made for some awful football alongside uninspiring results. Not having to stick to Van Gaal’s slow, possession-based tactics and make greater use of the club’s young and exciting attacking talent in the shape of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial should instantly improve United, let alone make them more watchable.
With United due to begin their league campaign on Sunday 14th August against Bournemouth, we won’t have to wait long to see how Mourinho and his team gets on!