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Manchester United ready to challenge for the title?

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It feels unnatural to consider how many years it is since Manchester United claimed the Premier League title. The David Moyes experiment did not work, and the safe hands of Louis van Gaal proved to be anything but. However, with the nous of Jose Mourinho and a mighty war chest, United have assembled a squad capable of challenging at the very top of the table once again.

Mourinho himself has come out and declared to BBC Sport that the side are far better prepared for the rigours of a title challenge in the upcoming season. Although their two signings thus far are borne out of necessity, with the powerful striker Romelu Lukaku looking to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic as an effective focal point. As for the other signing, the highly promising Victor Lindelof is delivering strength to an area which would previously have been considered a glaring weakness.

Yet the signings of last season have had time to bed in, and this will ensure the side start the season with a cohesive unit working towards a clear gameplan. Lindelof will be guided by the imperious Eric Bailly in defence, whilst Paul Pogba must dominate games regularly to justify his monumental transfer fee. As United have strengthened so have their rivals, with The Telegraph tracking the scope of spending so far.

It is only Tottenham Hotspur out of the title rivals who are yet to make any significant moves in the transfer window, but the youthfulness of Spurs’ side gives them plenty of scope for growth next season. A useful barometer of the expectations for next season come with the bookmakers’ odds. United trail only their city rivals in the odds for the Premier League title, with a price of 10/3 reflecting their strength.

It is somewhat remarkable that a Chelsea side which romped to the title last season are only third favourite behind the two Manchester clubs. Manchester City, boosted by massive outlays in the transfer market, are slight favourites ahead of Manchester United and Chelsea. Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs are expected to battle it out for the top four rather than the top spot.

With the Premier League winning credentials of Mourinho, a case could be made that City are unfairly favourites. Bettors may, therefore, be interested in the price of Manchester United to claim the title, and can find an array of sign-up offers at Freebets.uk to boost their wager. For example, the aforementioned odds can be complemented by a £200 no deposit bonus for new customers.

A lot will depend on how seamlessly Lukaku slots into the United side. However, the Belgian is used to being the main man and relied upon for regular goals. Lindelof has endured a shaky pre-season but his calibre as one of the most promising centre-backs in Europe cannot be shaken just yet. If the likes of Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard can continue to flourish, and if Pogba and Ander Herrera can dominate the midfield in a way that N’golo Kante did for last season’s champions, then Old Trafford could be rocking once again with title celebrations.

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