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Manchester United are the most successful club in the history of English football, with 42 major trophies since its formation over a century ago. The vast majority of those were won during Sir Alex Ferguson’s illustrious stint in the Old Trafford hot seat, but new Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho has wasted no time adding to the hefty collection of accolades.
The Reds came out on top against Leicester City in the Community Shield, before a 3-2 victory over Claude Puel’s Southampton in February’s EFL Cup final at Wembley ensured that Mourinho’s men officially climbed above arch rivals Liverpool as the outright most successful club in England. Ferguson’s aim of ‘knocking Liverpool off their perch’ has finally been achieved, although it took well over 25 years to do it…
But now, Mourinho has a new task. His former side Chelsea are almost certainly going to lift the title at the end of the season and his main objective for next year will be to win the domestic crown. On paper, United have the tools and resources to go all the way and Mourinho knows it. Winning the English title is never going to be easy but the Red Devils will be determined to bring the crown back to Old Trafford.
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With Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin out of the door, United will free up a decent chunk of money for wages. If Wayne Rooney leaves on a free transfer, the 20-time Premier League champions will have upwards of £600,000 a week to play with; essentially giving Mourinho the opportunity to purchase three world class stars. Watch this space, it is certainly an exciting time to be a United fan right now.
The Red Devils are unbeaten in the league since losing 4-0 to Chelsea in October – a run of 18 top flight matches. United, priced at 8/5 to finish in the top four, are just four points behind Liverpool in the final Champions League spot but Mourinho won’t be hitting the panic button just yet. With United still in the Europa League, the Reds could secure Champions League football via victory in that competition.
Should United secure a spot in Europe next year, Antoine Griezmann and Toni Kroos suddenly become viable transfer targets. The Red Devils are capable of signing the best players on the planet but Champions League football might be the clincher for those who are having second thoughts. If United get Griezmann, the Reds will take some stopping – even if Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City match United in terms of spending.
Mourinho’s past record speaks for itself; he wins titles in his second season at the helm. The Portuguese has grown accustomed with the Old Trafford club this year and the Red Devils are slowly but surely getting back to their brilliant best. The fear factor is starting to return and it won’t be long before United are lifting the Premier League crown once again. With Mourinho in charge, success is almost inevitable.