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Manchester United have spent heavily once again this summer in their bid to reclaim the Premier League title for the first time in five seasons.
The Red Devils have endured their longest drought without the top-flight crown since the formation of the Premier League in 1992.
Since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure, the club’s best finish has been a fourth-place position under the tenure of Louis van Gaal in the 2014-15 campaign.
Jose Mourinho struggled to improve matters last term, with United ending the Portuguese’s first season in charge in sixth place, although their Europa League triumph secured a return to the Champions League.
The club have spent over £100m for the fourth season on the bounce, adding the firepower of Romelu Lukaku along with strengthening their rearguard by signing Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof.
Reports suggest that United are also keeping close tabs on Gareth Bale’s situation at Real Madrid, which could see them break the £200m barrier this summer alone. As a result, the demand for success at Old Trafford will be intense as Mourinho will be under enormous pressure to deliver.
The Red Devils are backed in the latest football betting odds at 7/2 to win the crown, although competition at the top of the league has never been fiercer as six teams have legitimate claims to win the Premier League.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic did not disappoint in his debut season in England, scoring 18 goals. However, his injury towards the end of the term and the recovery time required convinced Mourinho to move on from the Swede.
In his place comes Lukaku, who was even more dominant in the last campaign, notching 25 strikes. A cause for concern will be his lack of goals against the elite sides in the division, with just four of his goals coming against opposition in the top six.
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On the other hand, one of United’s main problems last season was killing off weaker opponents, especially at home where they drew far too many matches to contend for the title. The Belgian’s addition for £75m could be the spark that allows Mourinho’s men to turn those points into victories.
Although the Red Devils were one of the strongest defensive teams in the Premier League last season, Mourinho has made a point of bolstering their backline.
Lindelof is considered one of the most promising defenders on the continent and starred for Benfica last term. He could strike up a solid partnership with Eric Bailly at the back, giving United a combination that could dominate for the next 10 years.
The signing of Matic will provide the security that Mourinho craves in the midfield. The Serb will not put a foot wrong and will allow Paul Pogba further license to push forward and support Lukaku in the final third of the pitch.
Those three additions alone should see United contending for the title at the least, and a potential move for Bale could be the icing on the cake that sees them return to the formidable foe of old.