It’s been a rough few seasons for Manchester United fans on the domestic scene, with supporters having had to deal with their biggest rivals Manchester City and Liverpool steaming well ahead in closely-contested title battles.
Meanwhile, the Red Devils have had to settle for a series of campaigns in the wilderness, lingering further down the league standings and fighting for European positions instead of challenging for the top tier like the past glory days.
It’s United’s ‘noisy neighbours’ Manchester City that are regarded as the front runners for further Premier League supremacy this coming campaign. They are tipped as the favourites by Betfair for the top-flight title at https://betting.betfair.com/football/premier-league/ and look more than likely to achieve such a feat again come next May when the season comes to a close.
Both the Sky Blues and Liverpool are looking strong this summer after some promising transfer business, particularly the reigning and defending champions. Their new arrivals can be viewed on the Sky Sports website at https://www.skysports.com/football/.
Pep Guardiola’s side have done what Sir Alex Ferguson always said was key to maintaining dominance in terms of trophy victories; building on success and strengthening when you’re already on top.
The Reds from Merseyside haven’t been as active in the summer market but the current Champions League victors already possessed a squad capable of making a strong challenge domestically.
But can Man Utd finally mount a serious challenge themselves this coming term under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?
The Old Trafford outfit have acquired some fresh faces of their own this summer and look to have a host of young, upcoming youth players that can help their cause as well in the coming months.
If United are going to be serious towards the top of the table this term, then they will have to be a lot more consistent from the off. Solskjaer’s arrival midway through last term sparked a massive surge in form and results, with his return to the club as a coach seeing the players enjoy a resurgence.
That feel-good factor soon faded away though and it was the poor, underwhelming results that unfortunately returned to the fray. This was much to the dismay of fans each and every week, as the club finished in sixth position and once again missed out on a spot in the Champions League, as seen here with the final standings at https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league.
For a club the size and stature of Man Utd, not competing in Europe’s elite club competition is a huge blow. But it may come as a blessing in disguise next term when they have their focus more on domestic duties under a hopeful boss Solskjaer.
Whether or not he can guide them to a shock title triumph is questionable at this moment but signs have been encouraging throughout their promising pre-season this summer.
Of course, pre-season form doesn’t mean a lot in the grand scheme of things, but Solskjaer will be hopeful he can build on things at the club and return things to the way they were during his successful playing days.