What would be a successful season for Manchester United?

After a successful end to the 2016/17 season, winning the League Cup in February 2017 against Southampton after a masterful display from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and the Europa League in Sweden, what would be seen as a successful end to this season for the Red Devils?

Although they won two major trophies many saw the season as somewhat of a disappointment following the money spent in the summer of 2016, bringing in the likes of Paul Pogba for a world record transfer fee and Ibrahimovic, a player who has won titles in every country he has played in. But you can’t deny getting back into the UEFA Champions League was one thing the board and the boss was desperate to claim back, and that is exactly what the team did.

What would everyone see as success this season though? After dipping into the treasure chest once again last summer and bringing in a proven goal-scorer in the Premier League, Romelu Lukaku, as well as a tough tackling and league winner in Nemanja Matic, something that the team was crying out for, the mood around fans was something of extreme optimism about the season ahead.

You’ve got to say it started off relatively well, winning four of the opening seven games by four goals, playing free-flowing football, and Romelu Lukaku was looking unstoppable in front of goal. It looked like the Reds might be real contenders for the title.

However, like every team does during the course of the season, United experienced a slight blip over the Christmas period and drawing three games in a row put a healthy gap between us and our noisy neighbours. The title, however, is still up for grabs, and after having an unbeaten January so far, with a massive game against Tottenham Hotspur to finish the month coming next week, it looks like the blip is over and we can start clawing some points back on a stuttering Manchester City.

With the arrival of Alexis Sanchez and no real favourites in this season’s Champions League, it’s fair to say that Jose Mourinho’s team has a fighting chance at a trophy or two. Going to Sevilla next month will be tough, but they are not playing their best football this season, and it’s a tie that we could really wrap up in the first leg.

From then on, it’s anyone’s trophy to win, and why not us? I’d back us going anywhere and nicking a goal, with the way José sets up, and with the pace of Sanchez, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard, we’d threaten any defence on the counter-attack, and with David De Gea in goal be tough to beat at the other end.

A successful season for us would be to build on the results of last year in the League, something we should achieve pretty comfortably, as well as going far in the Champions League. But with the talent we have, and under the stewardship of a shrewd and wise Jose Mourinho, I would back us to push City all the way to the title.

Written by Dan Pearce

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