It is tough to take too much from the first day, but hosting West Ham might be a good test of whether the Red Devils can consign their ten tedious draws at home from the last season.
Manchester United were held by 6 bottom-half clubs at Old Trafford – Hull, West Brom, the Hammers, Swansea, Stroke, and Burnley. Moreover, they managed to score only 54 goals through the campaign, which is 23 less than Arsenal, which are currently one place above them. What was vital during this summer’s open window was to recruit a new striker to replace the legendary Zlatan Ibrahimovich.
Jose Mourinho was at first linked with Alvaro Morata. However, Real Madrid set a high price tag on the striker, so the United Boss settled for Romelu Lukaku instead.
It might turn out to be a spontaneous twist of fate, as Lukaku has a proven experience in the Premier League and a total of 85 goals during the past 5 seasons. This is quite the record for a 24-year-old.
Lukaku owns the qualities to lead the renewed push to climb back into the top 4. However, if it will be enough to arise to a title challenge is an entirely another matter. The Red Devils were way off pace for the larger part of last season and suffered a never-ending spell in 6th place. Thus, Mourinho has over and over again expressed the need to bring in new faces.
Moreover, Victor Lindelof has to overcome his insecure pre-season displays. Nemanja Matic, who returned to Chelsea in 2014, can advise his teammate on the climb up from the Portuguese league. There is no need to mention that the Serbian is an excellent addition to the midfield of the club. This suggests that Mourinho has a clear vision on how he wants the team to be set up.
Returning to the Champions League comes with a certain amount of pressure. Moreover, in spite of last year’s success in the cups, you might expect the manager to be disappointed if United do not challenge for the elite glory or the Premier League title in the second campaign. If they finish another season in 6th place, the blame might be quite entertaining.
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Manchester United are currently at 7/2 to win the title and 1/3 to be in the top 4.