The most successful Premier League team and 3-times Champions League winners, Manchester United have fallen on hard times with no EPL title in over 6 years and no silverware for 4 years besides the EFL Cup United won in 2016/17 season. Despite the fact, United failed to rise up to their former glory in past seasons, the Red Devils enter each EPL season with high expectations as one of the favourites to win the league and get their 21st title, which has been avoiding them for 6 years. But can the Red Devils do it? Will 2019/20 be the year when they finally rise back on top?
The 2018/19 season for Manchester United was anything but successful. Their start of the season was quite bad, especially with all the expectations that were set on United. Something simply wasn’t working in the team, which found themselves at 6th place, 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool and 11 points outside the Champions League places in mid-December. Following their disastrous run under Jose Mourinho, United decided to sack the “special one” on December 18th and replaced him with a caretaker Ole Gunnar Solskjær, who brought some fresh air into the team. After his arrival, United suddenly started performing well and it seemed like the season was saved with a run of 14 wins in 19 matches, which included a win over PSG in the Champions League. However, it was injuries which stopped Manchester United once more. United slowly started to underperform, which resulted in them being knocked out from UCL and fell back to the 6th place in the EPL by the time season ended.
High Expectations For the Upcoming Season
After finishing 6th, which is a far cry from their 2nd place finish in 2017/18 season, it could be understood that the expectations are not too high heading into the 2019/20 season. The scepticism becomes that much stronger seeing how dominant Liverpool and Manchester City were last season. Nonetheless, that will not stop Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on his quest to build a super squad of young players, which carry a huge potential to represent the club in the years to come. While the desire to build a team is there, the whole process seems rather slow, which is a reason enough for the fans to be a bit sceptical about the upcoming season. As it stands now, Man United have added only two notable players into their squad; Daniel James (€17 m) from Swansea and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (€55 m) from Crystal Palace. While there are speculations on more players arriving at the Red Devils, those are only rumours as no move is yet official. On the other side, United might lose Pogba this summer to Real Madrid, which is yet another reason for concern as it would leave them with a huge void to fill in their midfield.
As it’s obvious, the big problem for United ahead of the 2019/20 season is new signings, or should we say the lack of signings, as there are none besides two youngsters. While the same can be said for teams like Liverpool, the Reds can afford to not sign anyone as they have a complete team, which competed in a tight title race against Manchester City. Manchester United on the other side have a lot they need to improve on. Seeing how lost Manchester United seem to be this transfer window, it should not come off as a surprise their fans are not too optimistic about their chances in 2019/20 season.
As it currently stands, Manchester United have a lot to fix ahead of 2019/20 season and while the transfer window is still very much open, the Red Devils are running out of time to make the needed changes which would get them in a position where they will fight for a top 4 spot. As of now, however, Manchester United look like they just might end at the bottom part of top 6 in 2019/20 once more.
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