With the season set to start, we take a look at all the Premier League clubs and analyse where we think they’ll finish next season.
Jose Mourinho will play a big part in Manchester United’s restructure. I think it will go well, but as always with Mourinho, there is a risk that he could cause a bit of trouble. It will be important to have the right people around him to harness the power of the Portuguese manager, whilst also keeping him in check and not allowing him to damage Manchester United’s global brand image.
It could be said that Mourinho is the clubs biggest asset now, but he has the potential to cause catastrophic consequences. For this season at least, I think we will see the good side of Jose. He has landed his dream job and I don’t think he will ruin that.
Business so far
The signings Jose has made for United have been brilliant. Although I haven’t seen much of Eric Bailly, many experts describe him as one of the best young defenders in Europe. He’s tall, fast and strong and that aligns with Mourinho’s vision for central defenders. Zlatan is another ace addition. On a one year deal he can come in and guarantee the club goals. The Swede could also help mentor the huge raw talent that is Marcus Rashford. There’s also Anthony Martial who is young and can play central, so I think Mourinho has done the right thing by bringing in an old experienced striker that will improve the clubs efficiency in the short term without blunting the clubs young attacking talent coming through. Thirdly, as an Arsenal fan it hurt me to see Mkhitaryan join United. I was a big fan of his at Dortmund and really wanted him at Arsenal. He’ll score and create goals consistently, and his work rate is really good too, that’ll certainly please Jose. The one area he’ll have to improve is his touch and awareness, the Premier League is different to the Bundesliga: it’s fast and you don’t get much time on the ball, it could take the Armenian a while to adjust to this.
Will they do more business?
Well the obvious one is Paul Pogba in, and that signing would certainly change the dynamic of United’s season. Even if they don’t manage to land Pogba I expect them to sign a top quality central midfielder. I expect several players to leave the club in the coming weeks too, whether that be on a permanent or temporary basis. Although Jose insists he only wants one more player, I wouldn’t be too surprised to see an experienced central defender arrive.
I can see Manchester United doing very well, but not quite enough to win the title. I think Mourinho, as he often is, will be successful in his debut season but there is also a lot of quality in other teams.