Romelu Lukaku Will Help But Manchester United Still Need More

Romelu Lukaku” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by theglobalpanorama

If anyone can help Manchester United get back to the top of English football, it is Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku. The 24-year-old left fellow Premier League side Everton for United earlier this month and he has adjusted quickly to life at Old Trafford.

Lukaku got his name on the scoresheet in United’s 2-1 victory against Real Salt Lake on just his second appearance for the Red Devils and he will be looking to enjoy a successful pre-season ahead of what could be a memorable campaign for Jose Mourinho’s men.

According to statistics collected from the official Premier League website, Lukaku has scored 85 goals in 182 top flight appearances – an impressive return. If the big Belgian can do that at Everton, who knows how good he could be at United.

With the right service and a quick start to life at the Theatre of Dreams, Lukaku might go on to win the Golden Boot award – an accolade won by Harry Kane in each of the last two years. The sky really is the limit for Lukaku at United and Red Devils fans are right to be excited.

With Lukaku signed up for the next five years and Marcus Rashford still developing, United have plenty of potential in attacking areas but Mourinho’s men need more if they are going to win the Premier League title.
Reports are suggesting that Zlatan Ibrahimović could return to the club for one more year if United are willing to take a punt on the Sweden icon. Zlatan quickly became a fan favourite at Old Trafford last season but a serious injury cut his time at the club short – although he could sign a new deal in the near future.

If there is one thing that Ibrahimović guarantees, it is goals. You could claim that Lukaku and Zlatan are too similar but Mourinho will be licking his lips at the prospect of using both big men in the starting line-up.
Just imagine Ibrahimović and Lukaku leading the line for United next season; the Red Devils might be predictable in terms of style but goals would be an absolute certainty. Most supporters are expecting Lukaku to notch at least 20 goals next season and Ibrahimović’s impact should take some of the pressure off his shoulders.

But even with Zlatan, doubts remain over United’s ability to compete on multiple fronts. The Red Devils will need to juggle their Champions League commitments whilst laying down the gauntlet to their domestic rivals in England’s top flight.

Ivan Perisic’s impending arrival from Inter Milan will offer Mourinho a viable option on the wings. Rashford, Anthony Martial, and Juan Mata are capable of doing a job out wide but none are conventional wingers and Perisic should get the best out of Lukaku and Ibrahimovic.

The Red Devils must sign at least two or three more players to give themselves the greatest possible chance of winning silverware this campaign. Heading into the 2017/18 season, the Premier League title has to be Mourinho’s number one priority.

A good European run is an added bonus but winning the domestic crown for the first time since 2013 is the aim. United haven’t won the title since Sir Alex Ferguson retired and Mourinho will be desperate to bring the good times back to Old Trafford.

“We see the Stretford End arising” is a famous quote from one of United’s chants and the Old Trafford faithful will be expecting big things from Mourinho’s men this season.

However, with so many new players to slot in, it could take some time for the Red Devils to gel. At the time of writing, United are a 3/1 shot according to bookmakers on Oddschecker but it may prove prudent to check out any promotions, such as Coral’s free bet offer, before betting on United this campaign.

Defensively, United are fairly solid and Victor Lindelof’s arrival will offer some reassurance to supporters who were worried ahead of the new season. In Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, and now Lindelof, Mourinho has four competent central defenders at his disposal and the Red Devils will be hard to break down if all four play well.

Last term, United had the joint-best defensive record in England’s top flight and it would take a brave man to back against the Red Devils repeating that feat once again. David de Gea looks set to stay at Old Trafford for the foreseeable future and that can only be positive for United’s title chances.

So, who could United sign to bolster the squad further? The Red Devils have been linked with a move for Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan but he will come at a price. According to various sources, Roma will accept a fee of no lower than £60 million – a figure that might be a little high for United’s liking.

The Belgium star is talented, there’s no doubting that, but Ed Woodward won’t want to pay over the odds for yet another player. United have struggled to command respect in the transfer market in recent years and it might be time for the Red Devils to start holding out for a fairer deal.

Captain Carrick

I saw this happen when I heard news about Wayne Rooney was leaving the club. Michael Carrick is a United legend he totally deserved it, but shouldn’t a club captain is someone who plays week in week out?

I am not complaining though. Congratulations Captain Carrick!

Sad Day: Wayne Rooney is Joining Everton

Wayne Rooney ended his 13 years brilliant career in Manchester United shirt with a move back to his childhood club Everton. I would wish him all the best of luck for the remaining of his career.

Absolute legend. Thank you Wayne Rooney!

Welcome to Manchester United Romelu Lukaku!

The club announced they’ve agreed fee with Everton FC for the transfer of Romelu Lukaku. Not my all time favorite player but he’s tested in the premier league for years already, scoring a lot of goals, and he’s only 24.

Welcome to Manchester United!

United Leaving Their Transfers a Little Late

Last season, despite it being Jose Mourinho’s first campaign in charge, Manchester United managed to win three trophies: the Community Shield, the EFL Cup, and the Europa League. Winning Europe’s second-tier competition granted them passage to the Champions League in the upcoming campaign, but the team needs some adding to if United are to compete there and push for the top four in the Premier League.

It’s early days, and the Premier League doesn’t recommence until August 12, but Man United seem to be falling behind, especially as some of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward’s targets have slipped through his fingers.

Pep Guardiola as a coach‘ by Богдан Заяц (CC BY-SA 3.0)

United Not Moving Forward

Thus far this summer, Manchester United has lost their top scorer of the 2016/17 campaign, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as they decided against renewing his contract and look set to lose club legend – who is still only 30-years-old – Wayne Rooney to a team who are now a rival in the standings, Everton.

The only player to come in so far is 22-year-old centre-back Victor Lindelöf. Centre-back was a major area of need, but will the young Swede be enough to fill it? Eric Bailly, who signed last summer, is only 22 now and impressed last season, so hopefully, Lindelöf is much of the same.

Unfortunately for United, the player who they were most heavily linked to, Antoine Griezmann, decided to remain at Atletico Madrid instead of making a huge move to the Premier League. On top of this, their Premier League rivals have either signed big or are close to securing deals with star players.

Manchester City have been splashing the cash left, right, and centre, already securing Bernardo Silva and new goalkeeper Ederson. Chelsea, the reigning champions, are yet to officially add more than a backup goalie – Willy Caballero, formerly of Manchester City – but they are reportedly edging closer to signing the likes of Antonio Rudiger and Alex Sandro. Arsenal have broken their transfer record to sign the much sought-after striker Alexandre Lacazette as well as procuring decent left-back Sead Kolasinac on a free.

Tottenham Hotspur are yet to make a move, but they already have what is likely the most well-rounded team in the league, which will only improve with time. Liverpool have managed to snag speedy winger Mohamed Salah and have been linked to the likes of Gelson Martins, Naby Keita, and Sergio Rico. Then there’s Everton – who finished one place and eight points back of United – who have broken the bank to acquire Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen, Henry Onyekuru, and Sandro Ramirez.

In the football betting, Manchester United are 1/1 just to win a trophy next season, and given that they’re falling behind in this Premier League arms race, it’s no wonder that they’re expected to go without any silverware.

A Long Summer Ahead

Manager Jose Mourinho‘ by Tsutomu Takasu (CC BY 2.0)

Manchester United may be behind the rest of the pack at this middling stage of the summer transfer window – with most clubs hoping to wrap up their business before the new season begins – but the Red Devils won’t leave it be.

There’s no doubt that United will continue to pursue big names to bolster their squad and make a real charge at the top four next season. However, they’ll need to land players who will upgrade the team, such as a left winger who can cross the ball, an attacking midfielder with flair, and a striker.

No Griezmann, No Problem: Mourinho’s United Can Still Win the Title

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Manchester United are a force to be reckoned with this season. It looks like transfer target Antoine Griezmann, arguably one of the best players on the planet, will stay at Atletico Madrid for the time being – but that shouldn’t hinder United’s chances too much. According to various reports, the Red Devils are chasing Real Madrid star Alvaro Morata and he could be a better fit than the Frenchman.

Given the chance to prove his worth, Morata can show that he deserves to be ranked as one of the best strikers in European football. Statistics available from Soccerway shows that the 24-year-old scored 15 goals in 26 appearances this season – at an average rate of a goal every 89 minutes. At £70 million, he won’t come cheap but United are in desperate need of attacking help following Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s release at the end of the season.

No matter who United sign, Mourinho’s men will be there or thereabouts in the Premier League title race. As of June 26th, Bitcoin bettors looking for sports to bet on can back the Red Devils at 7/2 to win the crown; something that they haven’t been able to do since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013. With Mourinho, a proven winner, at the helm, champagne could be flowing on the Old Trafford turf come next May.

Defensively, the Red Devils are well placed to challenge the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham and arch rivals Manchester City in the Premier League title race. David de Gea found himself in and out of the starting line-up last season but the Spain star can regain his rightful place as United’s number one shot stopper. In front of De Gea, Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo and summer signing Victor Lindelof will provide assurance and protection to the United goal.

With a couple of astute additions, United will be in business. Last season, wayward efforts in front of the Old Trafford faithful let Mourinho’s men down. Draws against West Ham, Burnley and Bournemouth were just a few of United’s disappointing results and United must focus on their consistency against the Premier League’s “lesser” sides. If the Red Devils can turn those draws into victories, Mourinho’s side will be a LOT closer.

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If truth be told, United should be competing for the crown every year. Mourinho is building a title-winning squad and challenging at the top should be United’s primary objective – even with the Premier League now more competitive than ever before. The Portuguese has had his fair share of difficulties in recent years but he remains one of the best managers in the business and his winning record is second to none.

Signing Antoine Griezmann would have been fantastic for supporters but United are well positioned to challenge without the Frenchman. Signing a proven striker like Morata is the key to United’s title chances this season and Mourinho knows it. The Old Trafford ‘fear factor’ will return in the near future and United could be set to secure more silverware in the not-so-distant future.

Time for Smalling to Go?

Chris Smalling was recruited by Sir Alex Ferguson to do one task: to replace centre-back Rio Ferdinand. A task proven impossible so far.

He was accused to be the main reason why United lose to city rival after his red card, but bounced back and show his best performance in 2015/2016 season. The performance rewarded by “Players’ Player of the Year” by the end of the season, but it’s all going down hill from there.

Now Jose Mourinho is set to partner Eric Bailly with Victor Lindelof, the Portuguese boss is reportedly will sell the English centre-back with several clubs are monitoring his situation.

It’s always sad to see a player leave. But after his performance last season, and the fact that he never reached the height we expected, I can’t see a reason to keep him.

Welcome to Manchester United Victor Lindelof!

It seems like Jose Mourinho has finally find a first choice to partner with Eric Bailly in the heart of his defense. Only 22 years old (Eric is 23), the Swedish center-back seems like a very good signing. His personalities, skills, and many more reasons.

Welcome to Manchester United!

Thank You Zlatan

The 35 year old Swedish superstar scored 28 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions last season including a double at the win over Southampton in English League Cup final. His last game for us was against Anderlecht in April where he was carried of on a stretcher with a serious injury which could keep him out until 2018.

Although he is reportedly included in the list of players being released by Manchester United, he will continue rehabilitation from injury at the club.

Who Man United Should Target in the Transfer Window

Last season was a very difficult one for Man United, and yet the Red Devils still managed to achieve a three-trophy haul and qualify for the Champions League. Like last season, Jose Mourinho’s squad is in some serious need of reinforcements if the club is to challenge on all fronts next season.

The plans of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and Mourinho have already been stifled, reportedly, by Antoine Griezmann announcing that he’ll stay with Atletico Madrid. Without delving into who United may need to pursue if Zlatan Ibrahimovic or David de Gea leave, let’s look into what the team needs right now.

Attacking midfielder


Brazil and Colombia match at the FIFA World Cup 2014-07-04‘ by Danilo Borges (CC BY 3.0 BR)

The centre of midfield for Manchester United severely lacked an attacking spark throughout the campaign. Michael Carrick played a holding role, Ander Herrera would hunt down the opposition’s star midfielders and protect the defence, Paul Pogba played an all-round role but often became flustered when carrying the ball in attack, and Marouane Fellaini posed a physical threat but little more.

Manchester United need someone to carry the ball up the park, take on defenders, distribute the ball to the wings or over the top, and pose a consistent scoring threat. James Rodriguez of Real Madrid has been linked to the Red Devils and would be the perfect, if not very expensive, man to fill this need. Another way to go, if they could pry him away, is Marek Hamsik of SSC Napoli. The Slovakian is one of the best attacking midfielders in the world and would be an excellent addition to the team.

Durable centre-back

Österreich vs Niederlande. Bild zeigt Virgil van Dijk (NED)‘ by Ailura (CC BY-SA 3.0 AT)

The defence presented one of Mourinho’s biggest challenges this season, mainly due to injuries. Despite this, the defensive corps available was enough to help David de Gea finish with some of the best stats in the league.
Manchester United are second-favourites at 10/3 to win the league next season in the football odds, but it is clear that this ensemble of defenders won’t be enough, and a strong defensive presence will be needed throughout the season. Someone who can defend well and stay fit for the vast majority of, if not the whole, season.

Virgil van Dijk is hot property this summer, and United could do with a defender of his skill. Thinking a bit more outside of the box, Danish giant Jannik Vestergaard, who stands at 6’6’’ for Borussia Monchengladbach, could provide a strong, clinical presence at the back and he has a favourable injury history.

Crossing winger


Wilfried Zaha‘ by James Boyes (CC BY 2.0)

Last season, Manchester United usually employed the cut inside manoeuvre for their wingers, but with a big target man like Zlatan Ibrahimovic – or any solo striker in Mourinho’s formation – crossing the ball in from the byline can only increase the attacking threat.

Right now, United have two players perfect for such a role, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young, but one now plays at right-back and the other at left-back or as a utility winger, respectively. Having someone along the lines of Thomas Lemar, Felipe Anderson, or even ex-United player Wilfried Zaha up the wing would greatly help this deficiency that the team currently possesses.

With three players possessing these qualities, Manchester United would be able to fill in some of the team’s biggest needs. Who knows, if they sign the right players, the Red Devils may even become favourites to win the Premier League next season.

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