It will take a lot for Manchester United to win the Premier League title this term, but there is certainly excitement growing about what can be achieved next season.
United might not be able to leapfrog Manchester City this year, but the foundations appear to be in place for a real title challenge for the 2021/22 campaign.
Solskjaer Settled in United role
There have been questions raised over manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during his time as Red Devils boss, especially after what was a sluggish start to the season. However, the Norwegian has answered his critics and seems to be moving the side in the right direction.
After that disappointing start, United found some form and many will have backed them to finish in the top four this term. Punters might well now be looking at United as title contenders next season and there are a host of free bets to be had online, which can be used on outright markets such as Premier League winner. Sites such as WhoScored can be used to find out more as they provide all the necessary information including terms and conditions. With a few more additions to the squad over the summer, United could finally be in a position to end that title wait, although the odds are likely to be generous as it will take a lot to overthrow their city rivals.
Haaland Could Be the Difference
With Edinson Cavani being tipped to leave the club at the end of the season, United are in desperate need of a central figurehead in their attack. The Red Devils are blessed with the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood in attack, but all three players thrive in the wider channels.
Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland is the man of the moment right now, and it’s no secret United are interested in signing the 20-year-old starlet. Solskjaer is a big admirer of his fellow Norwegian and is thought to have made signing Haaland a top priority this summer.
There will be no shortage of competition in trying to acquire the youngster’s services, with Premier League rivals City and Chelsea also being linked. Haaland’s power and pace would suit United perfectly, especially with a player like Bruno Fernandes in behind to play through balls. The arrival of Haaland this summer could be the difference-maker, and prices for a United title win would be slashed if the Scandinavian superstar secures a move to Old Trafford.
The Pogba Question
Doubts still remain over the long-term future of midfielder Paul Pogba, as rumours rumble on over a potential move to Real Madrid. When fit and in form, there is no doubting the influence the French World Cup winner has on Solskjaer’s side. The former Juventus star is capable of changing games and can be another point of difference for United next season.
However, injuries have been a problem that has hindered his form at times this season. Whether United will entertain another campaign of hit and miss spells remains to be seen. Will they cut their losses and see another big name leave Old Trafford for the Santiago Bernabeu?
Big decisions will have to be made over the summer, but it’s an exciting time for a United side that seems to have come through a transition phase, and can now look to mount a title challenge.