The Premier League next season will see a great improvement in its quality with the number of managers that have come into the league over the offseason. But Old Trafford outfit Manchester United seem to have caught all the big fish in the lake ahead of the next season. After replacing Louis van Gaal with Jose Mourinho himself, the club has also managed to complete the signings of Zlatan Ibrahimović and Henrikh Mkhitaryan while they are just a step away from bringing French sensation Paul Pogba back into the team on a world record transfer.
The new manager has already made a statement and has got a squad that is one of the strongest not only in England but also in Europe and will be looking to bring the club back to the top of the table next season. But can he get them to lift their first Premier League title in the ‘post- Sir Alex Ferguson’ era? Here are three reasons why he Mourinho can lift his second Premier League title in three years with two different clubs:
The Zlatan effect
No one can deny that Zlatan Ibrahimović is one of the influential strikers in world football. The likes of Luis Suarez and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have made a name for themselves in recent times as top strikers but Zlatan has remained constantly at the top of the list over the last 5 years. He has the experience of playing in most top domestic league and having lifted the titles with each and every previous club he played, he is also one of the most decorated players in the game.
It is safe to assume his stint with United will also end with a league title especially with all the quality they have in the squad. The Swede will be the player around whom the team is built under Mourinho and if he can adjust to the English style of play, he will surely help United to a Premier League title may be even in his first year with the club.
The Mourinho effect
Maybe even bigger than the Zlatan effect is the Mourinho effect, which has helped some of the top clubs in Europe to more than one title. The Portuguese manager has always tasted success at places he has acted as a manager. He has a peculiar game style that gets the best out of every player in their positions and will get the team to get consistent results. His style may not be attractive but is surely effective. He may not be able to tear teams apart even with a star-studded line-up but that is not what his teams are known for. His teams stay in the game, strike the opponents at the right time and play them out of the game systematically.
Manchester United may not play the best football in the league next season but they will surely be a team snatching consistent results every week. Mourinho will beyond doubt help Manchester United to a Premier League title in his stint at Old Trafford.
The Changes in Premier League
The likes of Manchester City and Chelsea have a new manager who will make their debut in the Premier League next season. Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte will carry their threats but are relatively more unsettled than Jose Mourinho who has a lot of experience in the Premier League with his two stints at Stamford Bridge. Though Wenger and Klopp have had the taste of the league, they are still trying to get their squad to play at their best while Mourinho will demand the best from the United players next season and will surely compete at the top of the table. And in crunch times, Mourinho will have an advantage over those clubs with the depth and quality of his squad. The manager may be new to the club but not to the league and his familiarity with success will surely crawl its way into Old Trafford starting next season.
Do you think the Red Devils can lift the Premier League title next season?