Manchester United are already better off than they were last season

After last weekend’s brilliant comeback win against Manchester City, Manchester United overtook their points tally from last season with still six games to spare. But it is not only points that show how United have come on leaps and bounds from last season, the Reds goal tally, for and against has improved along with a far better show of football, the success that comes with that.

Although United haven’t yet won a trophy this season, they still remain in the hunt for the FA Cup and have a great chance of finishing second, a long way from the fifth place they managed last season. The cup wins in both the EFL Cup and the Europa League, although great for the club and the fans, were a far cry from where United see themselves in terms of being one of the biggest clubs in the world.

The Reds now have 71 points in the league which is two more than what they managed last season, and higher than any previous season since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. They also have a better number of wins with 22 and more goals with 63, with Romelu Lukaku grabbing 15.

Not only does Mourinho’s side have more points, win and goals but the overall football this season has been far better than last. The Reds have been far better going forward and much better at the back with the addition of Victor Lindelof and the form of Eric Bailly being key to that.

As well as Lindelof, the signing of Nemanja Matic has been United’s best and most important this season. The Serbian midfielder has been a consistent starter for the Reds and been solid playing in front of United’s defence breaking up play and been key to United’s fast-flowing football.

The Reds have also been hugely better in the bigger games this season beating Liverpool and Man City in recent games, and have been far more clinical against the smaller teams. Last season United drew 15 games, mostly due to a lack of being clinical in front of goal, and that is also something that has improved this term.

With only six games left to play in the League this season, United will look to finish as strong as possible with a tally of 89 possible which in most season’s would be enough to actually win the league. Although the league title may be out of reach, the FA Cup is still attainable and would mark a very successful season for the Reds. Mourinho said back in February the aim for this season was to:

“Try to finish second. Try to play the best we can and improve the players individually and be the best possible team at the end of the season.”

Looking to next season, Mourinho and his team will look to go one better in the league go even further in the Champions League than the last 16 the Reds managed this season. Although United have spent a fortune in recent transfer windows, they will need another summer of heavy spending to seriously challenge for the big trophies next season.

Written by Dan Pearce

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