Are Manchester United genuine title contenders this season?

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By Football Tripper
Last Updated: October 27, 2021

Man Utd Champions League Winners 2008

Over the summer, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer splashed the cash for the Red Devils, hoping to finally bring big trophies back to Old Trafford, with the arrival of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund for £73m, World Cup winning centre back Rapheal Varane moving from Real Madrid in a deal reported to be worth around £41m while Tom Heaton arrived from Aston Villa on a free transfer. The final and biggest surprise of the summer was Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Old Trafford from Juventus, this was the signing that made the fans believe this could be their year to finally lift the premier league title once more.

The board have backed Solskjaer considerably

It’s been an expensive transfer window for United and the pressure is now on Solskjaer to mount a serious title challenge, as with the amount of money that has been spent on top talent, a Europa League trophy will surely not be enough to secure his position next year. The 2021-2013 season was the last time United won the Premier League. During that campaign they finished 11 points clear of Manchester City who finished second, it was a convincing title winning season that saw Sir Alex Ferguson lift the trophy with four games to spare.

For the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson left the hot seat Manchester United can be considered serious title challengers, they have threatened briefly in recent seasons but were found wanting when suspensions and injuries mounted during the winter months, or they found the likes of Manchester City simply too good.

Many fans feel this season could be different, the spine of the team looks much stronger now with Varane, Maguire, McTominay, Pogba and Ronaldo all key parts in the United squad. Add into the mix exciting young players like Greenwood, Rashford and Sancho and it’s easy to see why the fans believe this could finally be their year. The squad has developed over the last couple of years, the age profile of the squad looks good with a mix of experience and youth, if they hit a run of form and go on a winning streak this could be a group that have sustained success and don’t fade back into the shadows. With such an unquestionably talented squad, it’s understandable why fans are using Betting.co.uk to back lift silverware this season.

Only trophies will do now

The most successful manager in Premier League history and formed United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson is quoted as saying ‘’Attack wins you games, defence wins you titles’’ and with Varane and Maguire at the heart of the defence United look much stronger this season. Luke Shaw has carried forward his excellent form from the Euros when representing England, while over right back United have the dependable defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Although not know as the best attacking right back in the game, he’s a solid and reliable player and one who could follow in the footsteps of Gary Neville and play a huge part in a title winning Manchester United defence.

Most Premier League championship winning teams have been built from the back, a strong back line is key to any title challenge, given the signings Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made and the instant impact of Ronaldo United look like a team going places and they have the potential to go all the way this season.

The Premier League continues this weekend with Manchester United vs Everton. Rafa Benitez has Everton playing well, this is a solid test for United and one that could show the fans if they are genuine title contenders this season.

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By Football Tripper
Last Updated: October 27, 2021

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