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Manchester United last won the Premier League in 2012/13 season which also their legendary manager Sir Alex Fergusons last season.After that Manchester United changed two managers and last season appointed the former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.Jose Mourinho’s side finished 6th and was held by six bottom-half teams at Old Trafford –West Ham, Burnley, Hull, Stoke, Swansea and West Brom –and scored only 54 goals throughout the campaign, 23 fewer than Arsenal a place above them. Recruiting a new striker to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic and shake up the system was vital for Mourinho this summer.

Squad

Goalkeepers: David De Gea,Sergio Romero,Joel Pereira,Keiran O’Hara,Dean Henderson.

David De Gea has been a pillar of the Manchester United for a very long time, the Spaniard will be eager to return to the champions league and going by his performances, Sergio Romero or Joel Pereira will have work hard to get a game. 

Defenders: Eric Bailey, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Antonio Valencia, Cameroon Borthwick-Jackson, Matteo Darmian, Axel Tuanzebe, Regan Poole, Ro-Shaun Williams, Victor Lindelof. 

Victor Lindelof most likely will pair up with Eric Bailey in the heart of the defense, The Swiss defender recently made his move to Manchester United and most likely will be the key player in the defense. Phil Jone and Marcos Rojo are seasoned campaigners and will surely be giving best as they could in the season. The champions league return may give many players chance to show their mettle this season. 

Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Micheal Carrick, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini, Scott McTominay, Matthew Willock, Andreas Pereira, Angel Gomes, ZacharyDearnley, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Ashley Young.

Paul Pogba will play with more freedom this season with likes of Neman Matic and Ander Herrera will cover up the defense. Last year Pogba was under serious criticism for being inconsistent, this is his season to show the fans what he is made up of. Henrikh Mkhitaryan settled quickly in the Manchester colors and he will love to add few more trophies to the United gallery.

Forwards: Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Demetri Mitchell.

Romelu Lukaku may be just the last piece in the puzzle for Mourinho, The forward was one of the most dangerous players last season. He scored goals on his own and now he is back with a big club in Europe. He already showed what he can do in pre season matches, He always looked like big club player and this is the season to prove it. 

Marcus Rashford is one of the brightest talents in European football, the youngster has lot to offer. At a young age, he has improved tremendously and looks like he will be the star of the season. 

Manager Profile

Three-time Premier League winner Jose Mourinho began his third spell in England’s top-flight when he was announced as Louis van Gaal’s successor at Manchester United on 27 May 2016.Jose Mourinho’s side finished 6th in the Premier league but managed to win EFL cup and Europa Cup.Winning Europa Cup gave Manchester United a direct entry into the UEFA Champions League.

Probable Starting XI: David de Gea, Blind, Lindelof, Bailey, Valencia, Herrera, Matic, Mkhitaryan, Pogba, Rashford, Lukaku.

Players to watch-out

Paul Pogba was bit inconsistent last season, he has a lot to offer for the club than what he did last season. With likes of Matic and Herrera to support him, he will play with more freedom this season. This season could define Pogba career in the United colors. 

League Prediction

On paper, a title challenge seems ambitious.United finished seven points off a top-four place and 24 points behind Chelsea in 2016/17, and never looked likely to end a four-year title drought.Yet not only does Jose Mourinho usually peak in his second season, but so too might Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Eric Bailly.With David de Gea retained and Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof added, an assault at the league is the minimum expectation.Top in the league and a run in the Champions League might be considered adequate progress.

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