It has been far from plain sailing for Man Utd ever since Sir Alex Ferguson left the helm at the end of the 2012/13 campaign. Both David Moyes and Louis van Gaal came-and-went in quick succession as the fans turned on the respective managers. After much speculation, Jose Mourinho was appointed as van Gaal’s replacement and will be looking to bring the title back to Old Trafford for the first time since Ferguson’s departure.
Mourinho’s stats suggest he’s the man to bring immediate success. The ‘special one’ has won the league in his first season at Porto, Chelsea (in his first spell) and Inter Milan. He has also won the league in his second season at every club in his managerial career to date.
Since his arrival, Jose has strengthened in key areas. He splashed £30m on young Villarreal centre-back Eric Bailly and a fee in the region of £28m for Dortmund playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan, before securing the signature of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. We wait with bated breath to see if the deal to sign Paul Pogba is completed anytime soon.
The remaining concerns for United fans are whether Anthony Martial will ever get over Zlatan stealing his no9 shirt and whether he and Marcus Rashford will be forced out of position due to the arrival of the Swede. How much of an impact Zlatan can have at Old Trafford and how Mourinho accommodates the likes of Martial, Rashford, Ibrahimovic and Rooney only time will tell.
United’s season gets underway on Sunday as they face Leicester in The Community Shield but the real test will be when the Premier League begins a week later. They have been handed a straightforward start to the season with their first match away at Bournemouth, followed by Southampton at home and Hull away. Get 5/2 on United to win their first three games.
If you fancy Mourinho to win the league in his debut season at Old Trafford you can get best-price 18/5 (as short as 3/1 at some bookies). Should Jose win the league, there’s little doubt that he will be LMA Manager of the Year, and at 5/1 this looks great value.
United will be relying on their array of goalscorers to fire if they are to achieve success this season. You can back Ibrahimovic to be the Premier League top goalscorer at 10/1, Martial at 40/1, Rooney at 50/1 and Rashford at 66/1. Fill your boots.