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Manchester United’s lack of activity on Deadline Day speaks volumes about their prospects this season

Crippy Cooke in Editorial, English Premier League 31 Aug 2017

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Manchester United were quiet on the last day of the transfer window, when clubs all around them were busy.

But, in itself, that will give them real confidence boost when the Premier League returns after the international break.

Clearly, manager Jose Mourinho is happy with his side, with results further emphasizing that, and Manchester United look at their strongest for years.

Once again, the spine of the squad was strengthened

Like last summer, Mourinho signed a centre-back, central midfielder and striker – Eric Baily from Villarreal, Paul Pogba from Juventus and Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Paris Saint-Germain. He even brought in a talented attacking-midfielder in Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund.

This summer, Mourinho has once again signed a centre-back, central midfielder and striker – Victor Lindelof from Benfica, Nemanja Matic from Chelsea and Romelu Lukaku from Everton. Manchester United spent £148m this summer, after spending £167m last summer.

But the squad has looked its best since the Sir Alex Ferguson era, evident from last season’s trophy-haul and their fantastic start to the new campaign. Mourinho knows a side with a strong spine will challenge for major honours, which is why he’s added a much-needed physicality to the central area.

No longer at United being bullied off the ball and losing key duels in the middle of the park, they are now dominating it. To win the EFL Cup and Europa League last season was just the start, their transformation could now see them winning the Premier League title.

Man Utd could end four-year wait for league success

Manchester United are currently top of the Premier League table with nine points from three games, having scored 10 goals and conceded zero. The Red Devils beat West Ham United 4-0 at Old Trafford on August 13, Swansea City 4-0 at the Liberty Stadium on August 19 and Leicester City 2-0 at the King Power Stadium on August 26. It’s been a perfect start to Mourinho’s second season.

No other side in the Premier League have managed to maintain a 100% record in their first three games, meaning United are already two points clear of their nearest challengers in the table – Liverpool, Huddersfield Town, Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion, all on seven points.

And that’s why the club didn’t feel they needed to bring in any new players on the final day of the transfer window. The squad looks strong, so strong that the likes of Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Zlatan Ibrahimovic may not be guaranteed to start this campaign.

Manchester United are 9/4 to win the Premier League title this season, and have shown from their lack of activity on Deadline Day that they already have a squad capable of going all the way.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Crippy Cooke


Crippy Cooke has somehow written for the Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London24 and Bleacher Report among others, despite knowing less about football than your average Fan TV member . The weekly accumulator enthusiast is saving up his winnings to pay for a much-needed hair transplant but grows more on his chin than his head. He lives and breathes football and somehow makes a living writing from it.

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