Five reasons Man United are genuine 2016/17 title contenders

Winning the league for Manchester United seems like respectable politics, a distant, distant memory. It has only really been a few years since Man United last won the big pot, but their fans and board are becoming increasingly restless at the prospect of this extending much further.

Spoilt by success, spoilt by Sir Alex Ferguson and an innate belief they deserve success, Man United are making rumblings that 2016/17 could be their year… a year they become a respected ‘big club’ once again and finally compete with the other sides that have eclipsed their achievements over the preceding few seasons.

Times are changing at Old Trafford. Managers, backroom staff, players and probably some fans, there is a feeling that the club is panicking a little. The club is craving success more than Katie Price craves attention and it’s all becoming a little desperate.

However, it’s not all bad. Change is good, well it can be, and there are a few reasons United could win the league…

Jose and his technicolour dreamcoat

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Despite his embarrassing demise at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho is a long-term proven winner.

Two Champions League, league titles in four different countries and a superb reputation prove that. If anyone can make United into that breed of hardened winners once again, it is Mourinho.

Youthful bravery

Marcus Rashford

In all of the deadwood in United’s squad, they possess two of the most exciting young forwards in world football.

Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have already proven their brilliance to the Old Trafford faithful and both of the youngsters are just going to get better and better.

If the two of them continue their form from last season there is no reason they can’t push United to the title.

It’s all about the price tag

A review of the season

Money shan’t be an issue for Mourinho this summer and that may well mean we see some hefty price tags along with the big names likely to arrive.

If a few of the world’s best can be brought to Old Trafford, there is no reason that the squad can’t compete for the title. It takes money to win trophies in the modern game and United have that in abundance.

Respite

Jose Mourinho (centre)

Unlike the clubs with torturous Champions League campaigns coming up, United will have the opportunity to rest between fixtures and fully focus on the Premier League.

Whilst Mourinho is notorious for hardly rotating his players, he should be able to get away with it for this season whilst the fixture count is considerably lower.

Home, sweet home

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Arguably the biggest failings of Louis van Gaal and David Moyes was losing the supposed fear factor around Old Trafford. The fortress had been a guarantee of victory under Alex Ferguson and, although it may take some time, we can expect to see that fear factor return once more under Mourinho.

A trip to self-proclaimed ‘theatre of dreams’ became a fun day out rather than an intimidating experience and Mourinho will use this to his advantage.