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Why Manchester United can win the UEFA Champions League this season

With the first leg of Manchester United’s last 16-tie against Sevilla drawing near, can the reds really go all the way and win back to back European trophies, after winning the Europa League in Sweden last season. They would become only the second side, after one of Mourinho’s former sides, Porto to complete the feat, and with this season’s Premier European competition wide open, why can’t the reds go all the way to Ukraine this year.

It is a rare season over the past few years where there hasn’t been a stand-out side, that you’d say would go on and really compete for the trophy. Over recent years it has been the Spanish sides that have really dominated, with either Barcelona or Real Madrid winning six of the last nine finals, but their reign appears to be drawing to a close with English sides really going through somewhat of a renaissance in the competition.

United could become one of five English sides to reach the quarter-finals this season, and I think playing teams you would normally play week in week out in the League would make things far easier for the reds. Obviously, all English sides getting through is unlikely, but even if that wasn’t the case, with a manager as astute as Jose Mourinho, I think United have a real chance win the Champions League this season.

The man from Portugal has won four European trophies in his highly successful managerial career which includes two Champions League trophies and two Europa League/UEFA Cup trophies. His two Champions League wins came with much-unfancied sides in FC Porto and Inter Milan, but his tactics and defensive set-up saw him and his sides cause massive upsets.

It feels like one of those years, where a side who is well set-up defensively and has lots of pace on the counter-attack can achieve a lot of success, and United most definitely fall into that bracket.

We have a defence, that if they all turn up and are disciplined can keep out the best of attacks, along with the best goalkeeper in the world in David De Gea. Then we have Matic sat in front who will allow us to play on the counter, as he will not move from his position in protecting the back four. That allows the pace up front to break out from the back and cause havoc for defences all around Europe, and with a big target man in Romelu Lukaku who is able to hold the ball up, it gives them attackers time in getting forward.

Although Alexis Sanchez has had a tough start to his United career, he could prove vital, and be the missing link in the quest to go far in the Champions League, and if Paul Pogba can find the form that he showed at the start of the season, he too could be a match winner on his day.

The Champions League is now the sign of success in European football, and it is something that Mourinho will definitely be looking to win in his time at United, and because of how open the competition is this year, it could be the year to place real focus on winning it, because there is no doubt the reds have the capability of winning it.

Written by Dan Pearce

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