Manchester United finished second in the Premier League last season and have made three summer signings to help them in their bid to win the title from Manchester City in 2018/19. Jose Mourinho’s side are 7/1 to lift the Premier League crown next season, with City and Liverpool expected to finish above them.
United have so far brought in Diogo Dalot from FC Porto, Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk and Lee Grant from Stoke City, but they may need to make more reinforcements. A centre-back has been on the agenda this summer, with Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane, Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti and Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld all linked with the Manchester giants, but no progress has been made.
Another central midfielder was also on the summer shortlist before Marouane Fellaini signed a new deal, so United might stick with their options in the engine room now. Mourinho could yet bring in a left-back as Ashley Young isn’t getting any younger and only has 12 months remaining on his deal. Luke Shaw is back-up to Young but has hardly featured in the last year.
In attack, United are overstocked. Mourinho has Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard. Stoke City forward Xherdan Shaqiri has been linked with a move to Old Trafford, but it’s unlikely any new face will be brought in if a deal for the Swiss international fails.
The squad are currently more than capable for a title challenge next season, having racked up 81 points in 38 games, but United can’t afford a slow start in 2018/19. This Mobilebet Review offers good odds on Man Utd winning the title, but given that Manchester City finished last season on 100 points, the gauntlet has been laid. There’s still time for more squad building, but Mourinho will be keen for development.
Liverpool will be stronger than last season, having signed Naby Keita (RB Leipzig) and Fabinho (AS Monaco) this summer. They ended last season strongly, reaching the Champions League final and having arguably the best attack in the Premier League so they can’t be discounted in the title race.
Manchester City are yet to add to their squad from last season, but they haven’t lost any key members of the title-winning side so they’ll be favourites to successfully defend their crown. City could be signing Jorginho (Napoli) and Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) this summer which will certainly make them stronger.
Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal should make up the top-six but may not finish in the top-three next season. Where will United end up, however?
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