How Manchester United fared last season
Last season was a strange one for Manchester United that ultimately has to go down as an unsuccessful campaign.
Their second place finish did represent their best league finish since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson but ending up 19 points behind their neighbours was hard to take.
Also, their season ended on a sour note as they were beaten 1-0 in the FA Cup final by Chelsea.
Manchester United also had a disappointing end to their Champions League campaign. They were dumped out in the round of 16 by an underwhelming Sevilla and had to watch as fierce rivals Liverpool made it all the way to the final.
It wasn’t just the performance of Manchester United that upset their fans, it was the success of their rivals that has left them craving glory more than ever.
What’s changed at Manchester United this summer
So far, Man United haven’t splashed the cash like they often do but one high profile signings is already in the building.
Brazilian international Fred should help stiffen up their midfield which could mean we finally see the best of Paul Pogba in a Red Devils shirt.
Potentially playing with a base of Matić and Fred behind him, Pogba should be able to flourish and show some of the form he did in Russia to help France lift the World Cup.
The only significant departure so far has been Daley Blind back to Ajax. A few more are expected.
Matteo Darmian, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Marcos Rojo and others may be deemed surplus to requirements and could be out the door before the window closes.
Most notably though, Anthony Marital has made everyone aware of his disgruntlement and it’ll be interesting to see if he is still a Manchester United player come the start of the season.
Manchester United’s pre-season has been dominated by an unhappy Jose Mourinho complaining the club have not signed the players he asked for.
Manchester United seem likely to at least make one more big name signing, possibly Toby Alderweireld/Harry Maguire/Yerry Mina, before the window closes.
But having spent huge money recently, don’t anticipate a huge overhaul like we have seen in the past.
|Lee Grant.||Goalkeeper.||Stoke City.||Free.|
|Diogo Dalot.||Full back.||FC Porto.||£19 million.|
|Fred.||Holding midfielder.||Shakhtar Donetsk.||£47 million.|
|Sam Johnstone.||Goalkeeper.||West Bromwich Albion.||£6.5 million|
|Daley Blind.||Full back/midfielder.||Ajax.||£14 million.|
Manchester United predictions for 2018/2019
All Manchester United fans would love to take the Premier League title back from their noisy neighbours and lift it for a 21st time. They are 7/1 to do just that.
They’re no guarantees when it comes to finishing in the top 4 though. Although it would seem likely as they are 4/11.
They lifted the European Cup in 1968, 1999 and 2008 could they do it again in 2019? They are 16/1 to add a fourth European title.
Any silverware would be welcomed though and they are 5/1 to win either the FA Cup or Carabao Cup this season.
After winning the Europa League and League Cup in his first season in charge, a trophy-less season was hard to take for José Mourinho so will they be back in the silverware this campaign?
Manchester United’s potential starting XI and squad depth
All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.