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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.

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.

We’ll Have Ibrahimovic for Another Year

The official Manchester United Twitter account announced:

He has one job for some hundred thousands pounds every fucking week. Hope he doesn’t miss too many of his chances in the future because it’s unacceptable.

We’re Being Generous

Not only we keep giving out points in the league but we also pay the team the highest wages in the world of football.

Is It Time to Drop Ibrahimovic?

Good question. The answer is: Yes! (of course it’s easy for me to say that).

Man United were Tougher, Stronger, and Uglier on the night at Anfield

Drawing away from home isn’t exactly the achievement that any United supporter should be celebrating like it’s Christmas as our last 2 visits to Anfield were perfect wins. But a solid performance is a solid performance. Mourinho was playing into Klopp’s game and it worked well, nevermind poor ball positions at 35% (the figure which Mou denies), currently the lowest in the league, when we have 99% but we can’t even shoot and trouble opposition’s goalkeepers presented by the previous manager.

On our best performers; it’s important to note, should Ibrahimovic converted his chance, which he usually does, we would take home full points. It apparently just wasn’t his night. Meanwhile Herrera was a commanding boss at deep midfield with man of the match performance and his Spaniard fellow David De Gea also pulled incredible saves, taking away 2 points from the side who currently have the time of their life.

Like Mourinho said it best:

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!

Man United vs Southampton Highlights

What a header by Ibrahimovic after a superb Wayne Rooney’s pass that creates the first home goal of the season. The Swedish legend stole the show from Paul Pogba after scoring both of the goals in a chill summer night in Manchester.

Update: The video predictably has gone from YouTube. But thankfully the official site has posted their own well-edited highlight video to promote MUTV subscription.

All Goals vs Bournemouth

First Mata then Rooney and Ibrahimovich.

We will face tougher tests in the next few games but there were plenty of positives from the first away performance of the season.

This tweet by Gary Lineker says a lot:

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Sky Sports Interview

Full Zlatan’s exclusive interview ahead his first Premiership League game by Geoff Shreeves for Sky Sports. Fascinating fella.

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