Why Manchester United are favorites to win the 2017-18 Premier League title

Why Manchester United are favorites to win the 2017-18 Premier League title

With a team like Manchester United comes a truckload of expectations. Being the greatest club in England embraces the huge responsibility that the club must always be top of the crop every season. However, since Sir Alex Ferguson dropped the reigns in 2013, United has struggled to manage any sort of respectable finish. A fourth place finish, being their best since Fergie departed.

For a club that had one manager in the box seat for the better part of twenty-six years, it’s rather awkward that they’re now being coached by their third manager in less than four years. You begin to wonder how Sir Alex was able to keep his job for so long.

It all spirals down to the titles and trophies won by the Scotsman. For every of the twenty-six years he spent on the United job, Sir Alex Ferguson can line up a trophy for every year and still have twenty-two to spare. You can’t argue with that level of success.

The man currently saddled with the responsibility of leading Manchester United out of the woods is Jose Mourinho. The experienced Portuguese gaffer, began his reign Manchester United manager with a trophy; beating Leicester City to the Community Shield in early August 2016. He then guided the Red Devils to a League Cup triumph in February this year.

The men from Old Trafford are also in the run in for a Europa League crown. For Mourinho, that’s the only game he has left to play this season. It’s quite understandable; despite a 25-game unbeaten run, a series of stalemates have left Manchester United outside the top five, with two games left.

United’s only chance of qualifying for the Champions League will be a victory over Ajax in the Europa League final, later this month.

If Manchester United can win the Europa League, then they can be adjudged to have had a successful season. Three titles in a season, with one in Europe, is by no means a poor return.

The 2017-18 season will prove a tougher challenge for United, but this writer believes Manchester United will most likely win the Premier League next season. He outlines his reason in the following subheadings.

The signings they’ll make

If there’s one thing you can bet on, it’s the fact that Manchester United will spend more money in the summer. If you don’t spend big, you don’t win big.

United’s midfield looks stuffed with quality, as it is. The likes of Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini, are midfielders who should be able to deliver the goods for the Red Devils. However, since they’ve struggled to do so this term, we expect Manchester United to recruit one or two established midfielders to join the party; perhaps, James Rodriguez is one.

Manchester United also need a forward, a pretty good one at that. Antoine Griezmann is the man who’ll satisfy that need. The Frenchman has been heavily linked to Manchester, with Old Trafford being the most likely destination.

With the marquee signings they’ll make, Manchester United will challenge favourably for the title they last won in 2013.

Mourinho always delivers in his second season

Manchester United is favoured to win the Premier League next season
Jose Mourinho can be regarded as a serial winner, can he'll deliver the Premier League title for Manchester United?
If you’ve been a keen follower of the man, Jose Mourinho, you’d have noticed a pattern. The former Chelsea manager always delivers a League title in his second year in charge of every team he’s managed, since FC Porto in 2002.

He joined Porto in 2002 and in the 2003-2004 season, his second season with the club, he won the Primeira Liga.

He joined Chelsea in 2004 and in the 2005-2006 season, his second season with the Blues, he won the Premier League.

In 2008, he joined Inter Milan and in the 2009-2010 season, his second season with the club, he won the Scudetto (Serie A). That same season, Mourinho did the unthinkable with Inter. He led them to the treble; becoming the first manager to do so in Italy; while Inter became the first Italian team to win a treble, that included the Champions League. He has previously done same with Porto in 2003-2004.

Mourinho joined Real Madrid in 2010, and in the 2011-12 season, Jose’s second season in Spain, he won La Liga with record goals and points garnered.

In June 2013, Mourinho returned to Chelsea for his second spell with the West Londoners. As usual, in the 2014-2015 season, his second season following his return, he won the Premier League title with Chelsea. Raise your hand if you see the pattern now?

Jose Mourinho joined Manchester United in 2016 and in the 2017-18 season, his second season with the club, he won… your guess is as good as mine.

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