Manchester United have shown encouraging signs that their Premier League title drought could well end in the next campaign due to the resurgence of their attacking flair. The Red Devils have been derided over the past seven years following their fall from grace since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, and Jose Mourinho all failed to return the club to the Premier League summit.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer put faith in his young players to push United back into contention for a Champions League, and they have delivered. The uncertainty of Manchester City’s future in Europe’s elite competition has opened up a pathway for the Red Devils to capitalise on their rivals’ misfortune.
It would be the perfect springboard for Solskjaer’s men to launch an assault on the Premier League crown. Liverpool and City are not going anywhere soon, but the recent performances of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, and Mason Greenwood, along with new signing Bruno Fernandes suggest that United could have a strikeforce to match the potency of the Reds and Pep Guardiola’s side.
Despite their lack of relative success, the club remains one of the most popular in the world, especially in the United States, according to research by Statista. With a return to relevance, United will no doubt be a popular bet in markets to win the title in the 2020/21 Premier League season due to their strong and loyal following across the globe.
It will be worth monitoring the best football betting websites to find optimum value. They’re unlikely to be ahead of Liverpool and City, but their performances could edge them ahead of another side whose rebuild looks very encouraging – Chelsea. Shopping around for the top value or offers could pay dividends for those supporters who wish to back Solskjaer’s men – and there are plenty of reasons for them to.
Outside of Rashford, United were struggling to fire under Solskjaer in the opening six months of the current campaign. There was no creative outlet to allow the Red Devils to flourish in the final third, especially after Paul Pogba was ruled out of action for a long period of the term, only returning in June. All eyes were on United to make a splash in the transfer market to spark the team into life.
Fernandes has performed above all expectations since arriving from Sporting CP. The 25-year-old has been the architect of United’s renaissance, bringing out the best in Rashford, Greenwood, and Martial. Even Pogba appears to be more relaxed in his approach – with the burden of carrying the fortunes of the team in the middle of the park been eased by the Portuguese.
Martial’s resurgence has been particularly noteworthy, blossoming into the number nine that Mourinho did not believe could flourish as United’s spearhead. Both the Frenchman and Rashford are approaching 20 goals apiece for the campaign in the league. That is the level that can allow United to compete with the forward lines of Liverpool and City. Add Greenwood into the mix – with the potential to be even better than his team-mates, and it could be a trifecta that sees the Premier League crown return to Old Trafford after an eight-year wait.
United remain one injury away from a world of trouble. Their starting line-up is good enough to match up with their potential rivals, but their levels of depth in the squad are not. Their cause has not been aided by the impending departure of the promising Angel Gomes, while Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard’s days as contributors appear to be numbered. Should Fernandes suffer an injury, then the club are back to square one.
There’s no Phil Foden emerging through the ranks in the middle of the park to fill the creative void. A player like Jack Grealish would be a welcome addition to provide that additional layer of depth to ensure that Solskjaer and his team can compete on four fronts without having to adapt their system. That issue is also prevalent within the three-man strikeforce. The club will want to keep Rashford, Martial and Greenwood fit and firing throughout the term. Liverpool have successfully managed the fitness of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah without losing one of their trio for a significant period of time.
United could have the same fortune, although the presence of a forward of the ilk of Odion Ighalo is useful. If the club can secure his services on a permanent basis, he could be a solid depth option. Wissam Ben Yedder is also another reported target and adding a veteran presence would be a wise idea, which could even lead to the prospect of Edinson Cavani. However, they will not want to disrupt the harmony and development of their forwards – therefore any move must come with the caveat of not denying Rashford, Greenwood, and Martial the starting roles.