Is Mourinho a genius or a mad man? Probably both. Man United broke the world record fee to sign Pogba, finished 6th, qualified for the Champions League group stages and won three trophies. His outbursts and public shaming of players like Luke Shaw have earned him a new reputation, more similar to his portrayal in the Spanish media. He won’t care because he’s doing what he does best: winning. Now he can kick on with his own team.
The now 35-year-old Ibrahimovic top scored with 17 league goals (28 in all comps). He also scored at least one in every competition, including the community shield. Mata, Rashford and Mkhitaryan also hit double figures, with similar strike rates of roughly 1-in-3. They weren’t nearly as prolific as the teams above them though, scoring more than three in a game only once (against Leicester), while the others managed this feat at least five times each.
The most remarkable thing about United this season was their inability to kill off games. They went on an unbeaten run of 25 games but drew 12 of those.
This will be Jose’s team. He has a great spine in De Gea, Pogba and Lukaku. Despite the third most clean sheets last season there are still questions surrounding the defence, especially at left back.
The aim? Qualify for the Champions League via the top four and win something, anything. That’s what both Jose and United are known for, winning, and he’ll continue to do so.
They acquired their top two targets early: Lindelof and Lukaku. The only other area that may be of concern is left back. Shaw seems to be out of Mourinho’s plans but he may settle for Blind or Rojo.
With Carrick ageing they seem to be looking for another central midfielder too to lighten the load on Pogba and Herrera. Four of their targets however seem to be staying put or going elsewhere – Matic, Perisic, Fabinho and Dier. They may turn their attention to Adrien Silva.
Expect one of Smalling or Jones to join Shaw on his way out.