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Swansea City vs Manchester United All Goals

We scored 4 two games in a row. We will face tougher tests this season, but these type of games were tests we consistently failed last season.

Best United Display Since Sir Alex

A 4-0 win against West Ham is probably seen as a routine under Sir Alex but it’s hard to not get carried away with today’s performance. After 3 seasons and  3 managers, it seems like we finally have a team capable of winning the elites. Although we’ve won 3 last season – that if you count Community Shield as a trophy – our main target is always the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.

I haven’t seen anything this good since Sir Alex retired. Not from Moyes and Van Gaal. Not even from Mourinho.

Matic and Pogba, the new midfield axis, were predictably effective. Big lad Lukaku will score a lot of goals, while Martial and Rashford will indeed help scoring some as well. At the back, Baily was very comfortable playing with Jones, and De Gea will definitely continue to perform some good saves.

Long season ahead of us, but that was a very comfortably good start. Let the good times roll!

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.

Eric Bailly Out for Two Months

We’re running of Devil’s luck and will lose our best performer at the back 4 for 2 months for knee injury.

We do have replacements in Chris Smalling, Daily Blind, and Marcus Rojo (God forbid). However none of them can be as good as the 23-year old Ivorian centre back. We’re doomed (like we weren’t already).

Highlights Against Hull

The lads try hard, throw endless attacking creativities, and show never give up attitude against Mike Phelan’s stubborn 10 man defence Hull. At the end, our young Marcus Rashford delivered the goal at “Fergie time”. What a game.

It’s hard to pick a man of the match but Dailey Blind was again calm and composed protecting De Gea while his partner Eric Bailly show again why Mourinho signed him. Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia were outstanding at full backs. Rooney and Ibrahimovic had a decent game as well.

You can watch game highlights here. Bring on Manchester derby!

Best Players from Other Leagues

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In Zlatan, Pogba and Mkhitaryan, we’ve literally signed the best players from French League, Serie A and Bundesliga.