Manchester United can win the Premier League title this time around, here’s why

Manchester United didn’t have the best of  seasons in 2018-19.

With 19 wins, 10 losses, and nine draws, they stood sixth: disappointing numbers for a club of the stature of Man United. The Red Devils are one of the most celebrated clubs in the history of English football, having won the Premier league a record 13 times.

Of late, the club has been finding it hard to win the Premier League, having last won it in the 2012-13 season. Their neighbours and arch rivals Manchester City have threatened a period of dominance, themselves, with back-to-back title victories.

During the 2018-19 season, Manchester United lost both their clashes with City; the team accrued just seven points from 10 encounters with fellow ‘big six’ clubs, with the only victory being a fortuitous, David De Gea inspired 1-0 smash-and-grab at Tottenham in January.

Before then, a string of poor results had prompted the club’s hierarchy to sack manager Jose Mourinho in December of 2018, with Ole Gunnar Solskjær replacing him at the club.

Solskjær injected some much-needed positivity into the club and lifted the mood, but a poor run towards the end of the season gives this new marriage the ultimate test of sustainability.

Can Manchester United win the 2019-20 Premier League? Here’s why they have a chance.

The Ole Gunnar factor

Ole Gunnar had been roped in from Molde as the team’s manager in December after the mood had gone sour under Jose Mourinho – initially on an unusual loan basis. The team  began performing well after Gunnar joined the club, which shows he knows how to get his troops going – a certain degree of positivity has returned into the side since Gunnar’s arrival.

The Norwegian has not been fully backed by Chief Executive Ed Woodward and would have wanted more than just three senior first team players – Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera and Romelu Lukaku – to leave the club this summer, having made very strong comments about the group after Spring’s 4-0 loss at Everton.

However, there is an intention from Solskjær to pick players on merit, rather than reputation and that is the kind of shake-up that Manchester United have needed for a long time.

Mason Greenwood, for example, was left out of the Under 21s’ EFL Trophy clash at Rotherham, which implies there are plans for him in the first team.

Whether Greenwood is the potent goalscorer to fire United to the title remains to be seen, but the introduction of someone desperate to prove their worth at Old Trafford changes the culture at the club – all of a sudden, senior professionals have to lift their levels and cannot simply bank on their individual technical quality to give them a place in the team.

If nothing else, life under Solskjær will be exciting – get in touch with a hospitality company right now to get your tickets booked.

Martial and Pogba could hit top form

Anthony Martial is a forward with immense potential; he has the ability to cut inside from the left, dribble past three or four defenders and slot into the far corner. Martial has perhaps found consistency hard to come by in his four years at Old Trafford, but at 23 now is the perfect time for him to start firing on a regular basis.

Similarly, there is the enigma of Paul Pogba. The Frenchman remains one of the Premier League’s most naturally gifted players; his tendency to go against the grain can be a weakness – as we saw at the back-end of Mourinho’s regime – but it can also be a strength. Pogba has that ability to change the pace or direction of play by trying a trick, a flick or a clever pass that can open teams up.

Add to that, there are the exciting talents of Andreas Pereira, Marcus Rashford, Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong, who could be set for breakthrough campaigns.

The club’s rich history is enough to inspire the present set of players

Manchester United is a brand. The club is known to play an aggressive brand of football. With 13 titles in their kitty, they are the most successful team in the history of the Premier League. There is sufficient firepower within the side. They just need some inspiration. The current set of players can take inspiration from the club’s rich and vibrant history.

Fans are ready to cheer for the Red Devils. Manchester United hospitality packages are being bought in large numbers.

So, the upcoming season of the Premier League is expected to be a cliff-hanger. The battle lines are drawn and the champions are ready. Manchester United would look to learn from the mistakes they’ve committed during the previous season. Can the Red Devils turn their fortunes? Well, only time will tell. So, let the action begin.