Coming 2nd last season was the best league finish for Manchester United since Sir Alex Ferguson left. Although United’s fans would argue that it wasn’t a good season as the league table suggests. Here’s the whole Lowdown of Manchester United’s upcoming season under Mourinho.
City's title defence, Liverpool's goalkeepers, Mourinho's pre-season, Chelsea's transfer business, Spurs' stadium move & Arsenal under Emery…@GNev2 & @Carra23 give their verdict on the top six clubs on the eve of the new season ? https://t.co/jIyiSD3rB8 pic.twitter.com/rF7XwH6A89
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Critics believe that Mourinho’s infamous ‘3rd Season Syndrome’, where he eventually gets sacked and the fans turn on him, is soon to hit Old Trafford.
Constant Complaints from player’s like Anthony Martial and Antonio Valencia, coupled with constant suggestions in front of the media that he is ‘Not Happy’, has made the Portuguese the favourite to be sacked with the odds of 6/5, according to Odds24.
During LVG’s infamous reign as the United Manager, fans were often caught napping during games. This was a far cry from the days of Sir Alex when Old Trafford was the place to be. Mourinho needs to show some of the football displayed by his Real Madrid team of 2010-11, or he could soon loose the Old Trafford faithful.
28% possession & 0 Shots on Target against Bayern Munich suggests that we have another season of Snore Fest coming.
A favorable group could see them top the group and as a result United would most probably avoid the big guns such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus, PSG and Bayern Munich. It could mean that United would back themselves to go through to the Last 8 of the Competition. Quarter Final is the Realistic expectation for United this season.
United fans wont forget last season’s UCL round of 16 tie against Sevilla where United conceded 20 shots at Old Trafford leading to their early exit.Cup’s The Saviour
With no major signings yet apart from Fred, which looks great signing. Many United fans believe United wont challenge for the title this season.
This means the Carabao Cup & the FA Cup are of utmost importance to United if they aren’t to finish trophy less two seasons in a row.
If Mourinho is to emulate the success of Sir Alex’s Class of ’92, he’s got to form his own Class of 2019.
This season Mourinho has a chance to build a legacy, something he’s failed to do at his previous two Clubs.
Top 6 struggle
United away form was a mixed bag last season.
Last season 6 points from City and Arsenal clashes was impressive but a combined total of only 1 point away to Spurs, Liverpool and Chelsea suggests if United are to challenge for the title they have to get more points from their top six rivals.
Disappointing away losses to Newcastle, Huddersfield and Brighton ultimately proved decisive in United’s Title Challenge.
This was the first time in Premier League season that United lost to all three newly promoted teams. United need to win these games to mount title Challenge.
Verdict: United have promise to do well in the upcoming season under Mourinho. United needs to score goals more freely, finish games more quickly and play attractive football if they have to win trophies in the upcoming season.