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Manchester United

Manager: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Last season: 6th   

key player 

Assuming that Pogba stays at the club for another season (which I personally think he will), he will undoubtedly be our key player for the coming campaign. You can see the difference in our play with him in the team as clear as night and day. He is the main creative force in our side and last season was our top scorer. Hopefully with a few more of the right additions around the rest of the team, we can begin to see greater consistency in his performances across the season and he can re-find the form he showed at the beginning of Ole’s reign. Pogba aside, this is a big season for both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, both of whom are entering their fifth campaign with the first team and it’s likely time we begin to see more big performances from the young forwards. Ole’s playing philosophy and emphasis and quick, young players means that everything seems set for these two, amongst others, to have their best campaigns yet.

SIGNINGS SO FAR

So far this summer we have seen the arrivals of Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Swansea and Crystal Palace respectively. It also looks increasingly likely that a deal for Harry Maguire should be tied up before long reportedly for a record fee for a central defender. My personal favourite so far would have to be Wan-Bissaka, statistically the best full back in the league last season he is a clear upgrade on the veteran Ashley Young and fills a gap in our time which has been there for numerous seasons; a specialist right back ready to go straight into the XI and with bags of potential, I think we’ve got a great deal which will benefit us for years to come.

Who TO SIGN

Given that Maguire looks set to arrive at the club, my personal choice for the next signing would be Ruben Neves from Wolves. It baffles me that no top clubs have been reported to have interest in the Portuguese midfielder, he’d be a first class addition to the side who lack depth and quality in the midfield area and could help to free up Paul Pogba. Further up the pitch, I would love to see Jadon Sancho arrive to take up the spot on the right flank. Signing Wan-Bissaka has solved half of our problem don’t the right side of the team, and Sancho would be perfect to fill the long standing void on the right hand side of our attack. He’s young, quick, incredibly technically gifted and would light up Old Trafford whilst also taking some of the creative burden from Paul Pogba.

EXPECTED FINISH

Assuming we make the right additions to the team, I’d say we can hopefully expect a fourth place finish in the league. As United fans we need to be realistic and accept that for the next few seasons we may not be challenging for the top honours, but a return to the Champions League is essential if we are to continue to attract the top talents and keep the talent which we already have.

EXCITING GAME

I’m looking forward to the opening game of the season, despite the form we should at the end of the last campaign, I’m excited and intrigued to see our new players in action and see exactly what Ole and his team have been working on over the summer.

TROPHY?

I don’t expect us to win a trophy this season, although I wouldn’t be surprised to see us get to the latter stages of either of the domestic cups.

@daaawsonn on Twitter.

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