Their summer signings have strengthened them
Manchester City and Chelsea were always expected to splash some cash of their own this summer after their respective failures in the league last season, but it’s tough to argue that any Premier League team has done a better job of buying what they needed this summer than United. They’ve added goals, drive, power, pace, experience and energy with the additions of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly, and to date, all four appear to be settling into their new environment well. The signs are there; each of them has improved their area of the pitch and subsequently, United look a lot stronger as a result.
Jose Mourinho is a winner
It’s been noticeable how much United look more like their old selves under Jose Mourinho. They appear stronger, more confident, determined and more capable of doing something special than they have since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. Mourinho has them playing as team, with effective football that is scoring goals and winning games. Most importantly, his desire to succeed will surely be matched by the players he has around him, who want to banish three indifferent seasons and achieve something. It’s a perfect marriage, really.
They have great squad depth
So far this season, Matteo Darmian, Chris Smalling, Michael Carrick, Morgan Schneiderlin and Marcus Rashford have yet to start a match. Given United’s bloated schedule, with seven games to come before October’s international break, such a big squad will be key to managing the avalanche of games on the horizon, but perhaps more importantly, the players currently missing out are of good quality, and will be able to offer something when they step out onto the pitch under Mourinho.
They can score goals from anywhere
United’s options in attack suddenly look a lot more dangerous this season. Ibrahimovic has already grabbed three league goals, Wayne Rooney has scored and set two up, Juan Mata notched the opener against Bournemouth and Marcus Rashford grabbed the winner last weekend against Hull City. There’s still Anthony Martial, United’s top scorer last season with 17 goals and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to add into the question, too. United look threatening up front once again, that’s for sure.
David De Gea is the league’s best goalkeeper
In terms of pure shot-stopping, de Gea must be ranked as one of the best goalkeepers on the planet. He has produced some remarkable saves over the last three years, and bagged three consecutive club Player of the Year awards in the process. The Spaniard has barely been tested this season due to the increased organisation and better quality of defending that Mourinho has instilled, but when he is called upon, there’s no one in the Premier League as capable as him.