Usain Bolt sees Manchester United playing with confidence and thinks the Premier League title could come home

Manchester United supporter Usain Bolt feels that the club could win the Premier League this season. After three matches this season, Jose Mourinho’s side sit at the top of the league with three wins in three, ten goals being scored, none conceded and all to play for. The confidence in the players, the manager, the supporters will be something which could keep them going for the remainder of the season. In competitive matches this season, United have only conceded in the UEFA Super Cup, falling 2-1 to Real Madrid. United will not be playing any teams at the level of the Madrid side in the league this season, so there is a massive chance they could go all the way, lifting the Premier League trophy in May.

Bolt, an eight-time Olympic gold medalist who hung up his running shoes this summer has supported United for some time, even wanted to play for them, begging former manager Sir Alex Ferguson for a trial at the club. There was a chance that he could have played a part in the legends match at the weekend, but an injury sustained in his final race sidelined him, which scuppered what could have been his dream, still there will be plenty more chances for him to get involved, should the club allow him, not competitively anyway. Bolt was present at United 2-0 victory over Leicester City at Old Trafford just before the international break. He recently spoke to Sky Sports about United’s chances this season, saying:

“I personally think so. We’re looking pretty good, the players are playing with confidence, which is always a key thing.

“Yeah, I saw the games, I was very impressed with them over the past three games.

“But, for me, I’m waiting until the next four games to say, ‘all right, we’re on track to winning the title’. But so far we do look good.”

Last season, Mourinho led United to a cup double winning the EFL Cup in February, beating Southampton, also lifting the UEFA Europa League, beating Ajax in Stockholm, Sweden in their last match of the season, earning UEFA Champions League football this season, which commenced at Old Trafford in a week’s time against Swiss side FC Basel. In the summer, Mourinho added Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku, and Nemanja Matic to his squad, adding seven players to the club over two summer transfer windows. Bolt believes that Mourinho is the right man to bring the glory days back to the Old Trafford club. The Jamaican runner said:

“Yeah, without a doubt. I said it last year, last year we just couldn’t score, that was our biggest issue.

“We played well, we defended well, but we could not score goals. This season, we don’t have that problem. So I’ve told people, as long as we start scoring, we’re going to do great.

“So that’s a good thing and as I’ve said, I’m very impressed, and I’ve told people that I was very happy when Mourinho came on board.”

Just before the international break, United announced that Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the club’s top scorer with 28 goals last season had signed a new one-year deal with Mourinho suggesting the player would not be back until the second half of the season, in January, but the Swede was added to the clubs UEFA Champions League squad which was announced at the start of the week. United commence their Champions League campaign next week against Basel, also facing Benfica and CSKA Moscow in the group stages. Bolt feels that United will need to new faces to win the competition. Ibrahimovic could be one of those if he returns to fitness in time, which could seem very likely. Bolt concluded by saying:

“The Champions League is going to be hard. I think we’re missing a few vital – I think we need, maybe, one more striker.

“Maybe one more midfielder- not midfielder – a stronger defence and then we’ll be fine. So one striker, one defender and we’ll be strengthened.

“Yes, for sure, Zlatan would be good because he’s starting so late, because I think they said he’s not going to start playing until January. He’s not going to be in shape because it takes time to get into playing football – you know what I mean?

“So it’s going to be tricky. But the team looks good. But, anything is possible, right?”

United commence their season once again in the Premier League away to Stoke City on Saturday evening at the bet365 Stadium, seeking their fourth victory of the season, aiming to keep themselves at the pinnacle of the Premier League table once again. September will see United play seven matches in 22 days, which will be the biggest challenge of the month, but looking at the matches they had played towards the end of last season, this is nothing. United then entertain Basel at Old Trafford in the Champions League, the Everton at the return of Wayne Rooney in the Premier League, followed by a third home game in the Carabao Cup against Burton Albion, which is followed with United heading down to Southampton in the league, then to Moscow in the Champions League, ending the month at home to Crystal Palace in the league. If United can keep on top of their fitness, with plenty of rotation during the month, September could see United still challenging in the early stages of the season.

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