This summer has certaintly been a turbulent one for Jose Mourinho, with United CEO Ed Woodward failing to hit the ground running in the transfer window.
Pre-season negativity has reared it’s ugly head once again, as seems to be the case with United before every season lately, however believe it or not Red Devils fans do have some reason to look forward to the new season.
So without further ado, here a 5 reasons for Manchester United fans to be optimistic about the upcoming season.
1. These Are The Exact Conditions Mourinho Thrives In.
Many United fans have expressed their concerns over Mourinho’s 3rd season syndrome, however what many don’t seem to realise is that the build-up to the Portugueses’ third season in charge is exactly what he needs to be successful.
Mourinho as we all know thrives upon a seige mentality. If there is one thing he lives off of it is all the odds being against him and they certaintly are as we approach Friday night’s game against Leceister City.
Pre-season has been disastourous with many of United’s first team stars on extended holiday and don’t even get me started on our transfer business but while this may be foreshadowing an equally dreary season, it just may be the perfect recipe to build the ‘us against the world’ mentality Mourinho has thrived off his whole career.
2. Alexis Sanchez Is Back And Looking Sharp.
Last season many hoped the January signing of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal would prove to be the catalyst that United needed to launch a last minute title charge, as we all know, that was not to be the case.
The Chilean had a slow start and an even slower finish, however this season Sanchez has something he hasn’t had in previous seasons, a deserved rest. This campaign will be the first in while that the 29-year-old has had to fully relax and one could definitely see the benefits of it on United’s tour in the US.
With Sanchez and Lukaku firing on all cylinders up top you can definitely see United’s goal tally increasing this term, which can only benefit the team.
3. Pogba Full of Confidence.
At times last season United’s talisman looked lethargic on the pitch, prompting Mourinho to bench the £89 million man, however one summer later and with a World Cup under his belt, Paul Pogba looks set for a big season at the Old Trafford.
Pogba started last season on fire but eventually trailed off. One could definitely argue however, that the unfortunate passing of his father as well as a nasty knee injury threw Pogba off his game.
With a new season here and the 25-year-old back to full form after his blazing World Cup performances, the Frenchman definitely has all the ammunition he needs to fire United to glory this season.
4. United Have Found The Missing Piece To Their Midfield Puzzel.
During large periods last season United’s midfield looked sluggish and struggled to get the ball forward, often resulting in Romelu Lukaku cutting an isolated figure up top, especially during games against the top six.
This season United have attempted to solve this problem with their aquisition of Fred, and judging by his performances in the US, they have successfully done so.
Fred’s physicality came as a surprise to many with the Brazilian bossing the midfield in the absence of Matic and Pogba as well as showcasing that “creative brain” Jose Mourinho mentioned following his unveiling.
One can easily see Fred slotting into a midfield three alongside Matic and Pogba, allowing the Frenchman to roam forward more and focus on what he is best at. Fred could yet prove to be the key Mourinho has been looking for to unlock United’s midfield.
5. United Have A Strong Defense.
There has certainly been a lot of chatter around United’s persuit of a central defender this season, with the club still trying to get a deal over the line before Thursday’s deadline, but do they really need it?
Contrary to many news outlets which claim United are trying to fix their defense, if anything they are trying to further add to its solidity.
Last season United had the second best defensive record barring only Manchester City. On top of this, David De Gea won his first golden glove of his Premier League career. With many claiming Chris Smalling isn’t good enough to be a United defender he sure did feature a lot last season and although De Gea may be one of the best keepers in the World, he didn’t win that award by himself.