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Glory or Mou Gloom?

Jose Mourinho

After the generally underwhelming spells of David Moyes and Luis Van Gaal, José Mourinho looked like a more natural successor to the great Sir Alex Ferguson; He exhibited the zeal and the oomph as he arrived with an impressive resumé. Two years on, an increasingly impatient fan base used to getting spoilt by Ferguson's success are crying for something more than the Europa league they won in 2017. If you consider the recent success in the blue half of Manchester, you begin to see why the special one won't be sitting pretty in his dugout.
The signings of Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk and right back Diogo Dallot from Porto remain the only notable transfer business at the Theatre of Dreams of the summer even though there are reports of last minute deals including a late bid for Atletico Madrid's Uruguayan defender Diego Godin. Strengthening the defence is clearly the priority for Mourinho after a bid for Leicester defender Harry Maguire was reportedly rejected by the foxes with their boss Claude Puel 'confirming' rather sarcastkcally  that "Harry (Maguire) will be in Manchester by Friday…" referring to The foxes' visit of the devils for the EPL curtainraiser .
With Eric Bailly fit again he needs to decide on a defensive formation after several switches between three and four man defense last term with Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones among those involved last term.
The Portuguese tactician must have learnt a few things from French coach Didier Deschamps on managing his record signing Paul Pogba following the latter's disciplined performance in Russia capped with a goal in the final. Nemanja Matic remains a key member of the squad while Maroune Fellaini put pen to paper recently so the acquisition of Fred could mean Ander Herrera must contend with a place on the bench when everyone is fit.
Former Arsenal frontman Alexis Sanchez is yet to replicate his Arsenal form after his January switch with his best performance in Man United colours coming off the pitch playing the piano. His imperious form in pre-season will however give him reason to believe.
Antony Martial who also likes to play on the left side of the attack had a few problems with his manager after he elected to take a break from pre-season to be with his wife for the birth of their second child. The gaffer was clearly not amused as he made his made his feelings known at a press conference. It remains to be seen whether the storm will have calmed down.
Romelu Lukaku remains their most potent threat infront of goal with Sanchez potentially sharing the burden.

Mourinho will hope another of his forwards Jesse Lingaard comes back the same player he was at the world cup after an inspiring campaign for England at the global showpiece.
Marcus Rashford has been rewarded for his troubles last season with the legendary number 10 shirt as Mourinho seems keen to keep faith in the youngster.
Mourinho's recent sentiments warning the club of 'a difficult season ahead' if they fail to sign more players' could be his way of having Man United executives tie up a few deals, a rallying call to his players to step up or just another of his mind games with his rivals. It nevertheless reveals the kind of pressure he could be in.

VERDICT
Man United have one of the best squads but lacked consistency last season. They need to start their season well failure to which the pressure on the manager will be intense. This has always been Mourinho's Achille's heel as he could soon start to turn the heat on individual players. A case in point was the Luke Shaw saga and recently Martial.
If Alexis gets his Arsenal form back, they can compete for the top four though I think they will miss out due to their over-reliance on Lukaku to provide the goals. The  Belgian has had a long season and was involved in the latter stages of the world cup.  Fatigue will set in at some point as he is the only reliable forward especially when opponents sit  back - as is always the case with weaker opposition- and they  need someone to hold the ball in attack and  bring the others into play.