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Can Manchester United seriously challenge for the Premier League title next season?

After last weekend’s monumental second-half comeback against runaway leaders Manchester City, are Manchester United showing signs that they can seriously challenge for the title next season?

Going into the game against City, United were focussed on not being the team that the noisy neighbours would win the league against and they did just that. After a tumultuous first half where City were 2-0 up at half-time and had many chances to score more, United came out in the second-half with a point to prove and a comeback to start.

Paul Pogba was a major part of the comeback, scoring twice and running the show at the Etihad. Centre-back Chris Smalling scored the winner which completed one of the best halves of football United have played this season. The win against City showed how United can play if let off the shackles a bit and allowed to play free-flowing football.

Alexis Sanchez also had his best half in a United shirt, assisting two goals and being a major part of the goal that got the comeback going. The former Arsenal man caused the City defence a number of problems and showed just what he can do if given the freedom to play anywhere across the front three.

If the Chilean along with Pogba and co can play like they did in every game then United will certainly challenge on a number of fronts next season, Mourinho just needs to be brave enough to attack the big sides and face the Reds may concede a few goals.

As well as Pogba and Sanchez, Ander Herrera was a player who really impressed at the Etihad. The Spaniard was a shock inclusion to the line-up but gave the team the discipline and solidity that the team really needed.

His play, also allowed Paul Pogba to express himself going forward as his concern was not to get back as often. The second-half really showed what the Frenchman could do and the positions he took up for both his goals were predominantly down to the restraint of Herrera’s performance.

At times this season United have struggled against teams in the top six of the Premier League and have only recently been successful, beating Liverpool and City in recent months. If the Reds are too seriously challenge next season, then that record will have to undoubtedly change.

There are obviously a number of things that United need to work on before seriously challenging next season but the recent performance against City showed what the Reds can do if they were given the freedom to express themselves.

After what City showed this season, all teams in the top six will be looking to heavily invest this summer to challenge for the title next season.

If that’s the case the league will be even more competitive next season, but if United can show what they have done in recent games, especially against City then there is no reason why they cannot challenge for trophies on all fronts next season.

Written by Dan Pearce

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