By Mark Weasley
There is a feel good factor about Manchester United these days that is not hard to spot. The 20-time league champions are touted as early title favourites for next season given the manner in which we have gone about our business in the transfer market. Victor Lindelof, the Sweden centre back has been brought in to bolster the ranks for next season and in Romelu Lukaku, we have a striker that can lead them to the league title.
The aura of manager, Jose Mourinho has been infectious as his winning mantra has transcended right around the club, making the club feel like the best team in England like we used to be in the Sir Alex Ferguson era.
The likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney have been dispensed with as the club looks to usher in a new era of dominance. The core of this new team are basically 26 and under. De Gea is 26, Bailly and Lindelof are both 22 while Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku are just 24.
Old Trafford is buzzing with anticipation of what the club can achieve next season, but the fans must be careful of what they wish for. United last won the title five years ago in what was Ferguson’s last season as manager, but there is a growing feeling that this season, the Premier League will return home to The Theatre of Dreams. United have let two key players in the dressing room leave, and Jose of all coaches should know the importance of having winners in a team that has not tasted it in a long while.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic wasn’t given a new contract after his broke his injury in a Europa League game against Anderlecht in April, while Wayne Rooney was sold to Everton as the club looked to free up the wage bill. In terms of experience and trophy-winning pedigree, both players are up there with the very best. United are gunning for the league title next season but when push comes to shove, how many players can stand up to be counted.
Winning league titles is difficult, as a stage will come when results don’t favour you, but a team always needs players who have been there before to bring up the younger and inexperienced ones and see them beyond the finish line. It takes just one bad result to dampen a team’s morale, and if not careful, United will rue letting Zlatan and Rooney leave at the same time.