With the Premier League season less than two weeks away, clubs are nearing panic mode as they try and prepare for the new season in the best way they can. Some clubs are more prepared than others and some aren’t very prepared.
Manchester United have made just three signings so far and have spent over £150million, however, there squad is not yet complete. If Jose Mourinho’s men are to improve on the last campaign then it’s important that they add to their squad further. United were held by six bottom-half teams at Old Trafford this season with West Ham, Hull, Stoke, Burnley, Swansea and West Brom all leaving with a point. Additionally, the Reds only managed 54 goals throughout the entirety of the season, some 23 fewer than Arsenal who finished just one place above them.
Due to United’s shyness in front of goal, a new striker to replace the injured and released Zlatan Ibrahimović and a shake-up in the system was vital. Step forward Romelu Lukaku for a deal totalling £90million. Initially, united were linked with Chelsea new boy Alvaro Morata but Real Madrid were holding a firm stance over the fee and Mourinho wasn’t prepared to be messed about by his former club, thus a deal for Lukaku was quickly concluded. Lukaku should undoubtedly help to bolster United’s attacking ranks, the 24-year-old is 7/2 to be the league’s top scorer. The Belgian finished second last season behind boy wonder Harry Kane.
The positive about recruiting Lukaku over Morata is that the former is proven in the Premier League with 85 foals over five seasons showing that. Lukaku scored 25 last season and grabbed a further six assists, not a bad record given his young age. Without a doubt, he possesses the quality needed to super head a push to break back into the top four, however, whether he is talented enough to help for a title push is questionable. United are 100/30 to win the Premier League this season. If they are to be anywhere the top, it’s vital they perform better than last season as they were way off the mark.
Lukaku should also help Marcus Rashford flourish. Rashford is likely to be Lukaku’s strike partner and the former Chelsea boy should help the 19-year-old flourish. There’s high hopes for Rashford at Old Trafford and he is 100/1 to score 260 Premier League goals during his career, a feat only yet achieved by Alan Shearer.
Elsewhere in terms of incomings, Victor Lindelof needs to overcome his shake pre-season displays, however, for a price tag of £30million plus, that should come as the defender starts to settle in. Mourinho has called for the United faithful to give the Swedish man time. Nemanja Matic, recently joining for a £40million fee from rivals Chelsea, ought to give Lindelof some advice on top to step up from the Portuguese team having switched Benfica for England himself. Matic is an excellent addition to the United set up and suggests that Mourinho is a man with a plan when it comes to how he wants to line up.
A return to the Champions League for United of course adds pressure, however, it’s a challenge in which Mourinho should thrive if he really is still the Special One. Without a mounting Europa League fixture list to battle with, United have no excuse not to perform and are 14/1 for European glory.
As it’s a new season, we recommend checking out the best betting sites online before placing any bets. Generally, odds online are far better than that of a land based bookmaker and when online, you are far better shop around to get the best deal for your money.