It’s safe to say that united haven’t really met expectations since Jose’s arrival. Many expected them to be challenging for the league when in reality, they’re finding it difficult to secure a champions league place. So what’s gone wrong?
In the transfer window bringing in big names like Ibrahimovic, Pogba, Mkhitaryan showed Jose’s intentions to the world. They weren’t going to sit back and accept a below average finish this season like they had under David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal.
The community shield was a great showing for united as new signing Ibrahimovic managed a late winner. Going into the first few games of the season it looked like they had finally got a team that could challenge again. Beating Bournemouth and Hull.
However, the claims of fans that United’s wins were mearly results of not playing anyone became true. A disappointing stretch of results left united falling down the table. Whilst the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal were picking up points left, right and centre, United found it difficult to even win a game.
In recent weeks it seems that uniteds luck may have changed. First beating Tottenham Hotspur and then Crystal Palace as well as getting to the knock out stages of the Europa league. Pogba and Ibrahimovic are finally looking like they could do something for United.
With young players like Martial and Rashford in the team, a defence that seems to be improving and a world class keeper in David De Gea, it looks as though United could rise up the table in the new year.
As ever, Champions league football is key for Manchester United but if they are to achieve that this season, they need to become tighter at the back. Conceding late goals has become a formality this season and it needs to stop.
As long as they can get some composure going into 2017, this could still be a good year for United.