Another year is behind us. The 2017 has gone and it is time now to turn to new things. Manchester United start the New Year already on its first day, against Everton. However, we will not be looking into the match at Goodison Park. We will be turning our heads a bit more into the future and the 2018 could hold for Manchester United.
Champions League Football
With 15 points less than Manchester City on the New Year’s Day, Manchester United will not disillusioned about chasing the Premier League title this season. The big rivals seem much better than any other team in the division, so the focus should slightly turn elsewhere.
And that is Champions League. United will play Sevilla in round of 16. Last season, Leicester City beat the Spanish side in the same round, and if they progress, Man United could be in for an exciting ride. Some good teams will be out already in this round and that could be a chance for United to do even better.
Wise Summer Transfer Window
This is an important one. Jose Mourinho talked about Manchester United not spending enough, but it is probably a case of not spending wisely. With the World Cup this summer and a shorter window for English clubs for the first time this summer, clubs will have to be even wiser.
That is why United should look up to Bayern Munich’s model and do their business as a part of a wider plan, and crucially, on time. It will be a tricky summer and if United want to chase the Premier League title next season, time and money must be used properly.
World Cup Glory
Will Manchester United have a World Cup winning player next summer? When the players arrive at Carrington, will there be a newly crowned footballer who got to the top of the (footballing) world?
There definitely is hope. France are European runners-up and have one of the strongest squads. That might propel Paul Pogba to the very end of the tournament, while some other players will have their chances.
Sergio Romero is backed to do well for Argentina, Romelu Lukaku will spearhead a talented Belgium side, while David De Gea will be in goal for 2010 champions, Spain. It will be an interesting summer for Manchester United players.
A Consistent Manchester United In The Premier League
And this is a big one. We are definitely looking forward to seeing Manchester United play consistently on the highest level. Without that, there is no becoming champions, especially now when Man City seem to be doing amazing things.
In previous 18 months under Mourinho, we have seen improvement, but also inconsistency. The manager himself often talked about some players not being good enough and even calling them ‘childish’. Therefore, it would be very good for all Man United fans to see their team being a real force.
It will not be easy to accomplish, but Manchester United always strive for the best. And that will not change in 2018.