Reasons To Be Hopeful For the 2021/2022 Campaign


Manchester United will always begin a season expecting to pick up a trophy or two or, at the very least, be in the running for glory. While the last few years have brought the arrival of a few trophies, the one they want the most, the Premier League title, has not been on the cards in recent years. The dominance of Liverpool and Manchester City, plus the transition period of Manchester United, meant that wasn’t a realistic option.

But that could all change this year. Indeed, there are plenty of reasons why United and their fans should be hopeful that the 2021/2022 campaign might just bring the wait for domestic title glory to an end.

Ole Has Found His Feet

It hasn’t always been an easy ride for Ole during his tenure as Manchester United manager. But the club will be happy they stuck with him during the less-than-stellar moments. His position as a club legend meant the fans were always going to be more patient with him than they were with other managers, too. And now it looks like the club and its fans may get the reward for their patience. In the past two seasons, United have finished third and second, respectively. A title challenge would be the logical next step. But if they’re going to win, they’ll have to find a way around those noisy neighbours.

Of course, it’s not only Manchester City that have their eyes on the title. Chelsea and Liverpool will also have ambitions of lifting the trophy come the end of the season. And, in truth, both those sides are probably ahead of United in the eyes of many football experts. But fans write off Manchester United at their peril. Those who understand that will be tempted to back United for title-glory, especially since there are betting offers to suit their position as outsiders. With City not looking quite as strong as they have been, this could be the year when United finally end their wait for their 21st league title.

Like New Signings

A new signing can lift the club. But the return to form of an existing player can be just as valuable. And Manchester United look like they’ve got two such players this year. Pogba hasn’t always delivered on his potential, but he’s started the campaign exceptionally well. He may leave next summer, sure, but they’ve got him for this season — and that’s all they need for the 2021/2022 campaign.

Luke Shaw is another. Who’d have thought, during the dark days of Jose Mourinho, that the left-back would become a key player? After a next level Euro 2020 campaign, Shaw looks ready to step into the “world-class” category. Everyone knew that he had it in him to perform at that level; now he’s delivering.

Both those players look like winners these days. When the season gets tough, it’ll be those types of leaders that rally the team.

Actual New Signings

As well as the “like new signings,” there’s also the, well, actual new signings. Jadon Sancho will be sure to get the Old Trafford faithful off his feet. Like Shaw, he has a brilliant Euro 2020.In fact, he’s been quite brilliant for several years now. And he’s only 21. While he’s a player that’ll play a big part in United’s success in the future, he’s also ready to deliver right now.

At the back, Varene will bring a touch of class. It’ll take him time to adjust to the pace of the Premier League. Madrid didn’t want to let him go, but they had to because of their financial difficulties. Their loss is United’s gain.

Strength in Attack

Sancho will bring plenty of attacking threat to United’s game. But he won’t be bringing it alone. In truth, the Red Devils already have a pretty potent attack — Sancho just makes them even stronger. Mason Greenwood has been progressing steadily and will likely only get better this season. He’s arguably an even brighter prospect than Sancho. He’s still only 19, and there’s a belief behind the scenes that he’ll be a world-beater. Rashford and Cavani will also continue to deliver. Between the experience of Cavani and the youth of just about everyone else, opposition defences will not be eager to play United, especially at Old Trafford.

Final Thoughts

Of course, there’s much that has to happen between now and May. But if United can start well, find some belief, and have a pinch or two of luck on their side, then they might just come out on top.

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