The Red Devils made a statement of intent in terms of challenging for the title when the new season resumes by confirming Jose Mourinho’s appointment 2 months ago. That step was the beginning of many giant ones to come as the club aims to return to the pinnacle of English football after 3 seasons of obvious absence. David Moyes and Louis van Gaal were clearly not the answers, leaving the management with no choice than to settle for Jose Mourinho. Sirs Ferguson and Charlton never for once approved of the Portuguese prior to his appointment due to his temperament. His quality was never for once doubted, but given his antecedents with the press, other coaches, medical staff, and players both in England and Spain, he was seen as morally unfit for the Manchester United dugout. 3 poor seasons with the morally upright options have since changed minds.

Mourinho’s arrival meant United could be discussed once again when the potential title winners were being debated. Armed with around £200million transfer funds, the 56-year-old got into business by making three consecutive signings. Bailly, Mkhitaryan and Ibrahimovic arrived for almost half of the funds, with France international and former club player, Paul Pogba poised to be landed with the remaining. From the look of things, the Red Devils have won the race to lure the 23-year-old back to the Old Trafford and all is set for a great campaign once the season starts. The new handler promised a return to Champions League football and has set eyes on a top 3 finish, but anything less than a title by next May might not be acceptable. Winning the Europa League, which he promised, won’t even come close. The lack of the coveted trophy has frustrated the club and its fans, they can’t wait to see it, and the earlier the better for the erstwhile Chelsea chief.

At the moment (Pogba is already counted), not a single squad in England can rival the United’s starting 11 for next season. One of the safest hands in the game will be in goal, while Luke Shaw will return to the backline that should consist of Baily, Smalling and Fosu Mensah. A midfield with Pogba, Mkhitaryan and Herrera will be solid enough to withstand opposition and (over) contribute to an attack that boasts of Martial, Ibrahimovic and Rooney. Definitely it won’t be an easy ride to the top for the club, but considering the array of qualities in its ranks, winning that title is very possible, and they can’t afford to settle for less.

Yes, the coaches of the rival clubs also want it and everyone will engage in the battle of wits to land the prized trophy, but Jose has won it more than all of them. New arrivals, Conte, Guardiola and Klopp are all proven winners in Italy, Spain and Germany, but they don’t know the EPL as well as Jose does. Even the likes of Pochettino, Wenger and Koeman don’t come close. He has now been equipped with everything he needs to not only mount a solid and proper title challenge but equally emerge as its winner, there wouldn’t be any reasonable excuse if he doesn’t.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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