Stadium: Old Trafford
Location: Manchester (north west of England)
Head Coach: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Nickname: The Red Devils
Rival(s): Liverpool, Manchester City
Top-Division Titles: 20 (record) – 1907-08, 1910-11, 1951-52, 1955-56, 1956-57, 1964-65, 1966-67, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2012-13
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Best possible XI:
Key arrivals: Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace), Daniel James (Swansea City), Harry Maguire (Leicester City)
Key departures: Ander Herrera (Free, PSG), Antonio Valencia (Free, LDU Quito), Dean Henderson (Loan, Sheffield United), Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan)
Ranking their offseason: Aside from the transfer speculation regarding the futures of Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku at United, plus Harry Maguire, Paul Dybala and Bruno Fernandes potentially coming in, this has been a really good preseason. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has his first preseason as United’s manager under his belt and it was a roaring success in Australia and the Far East. Maguire has arrived to strengthen the defense and United finally cashed in on Lukaku, which leaves a bit of a hole in their attack. They’ve won every game and the Red Devils’ youngsters have stood tall. The team look fit, sharp and raring to prove their doubters wrong. Angel Gomes, Mason Greenwood and Axel Tuanzebe will get serious minutes for United this season, as Solskjaer’s aim to make his squad younger and quicker has worked. For now. 7/10
Star player: It would be easy to say David de Gea, but I’m going for Marcus Rashford. Still just 21 years old, he is now United’s main center forward and this is his time to shine. Maguire will shore up United’s defense in a slightly more solid system, and that means Rashford and United’s other attackers have to take their chances at the other end. Rashford will spearhead this pacy attack with Martial, Lingard, Mata, Greenwood and James in support. Rashford must stand tall this season.
Coaches’ Corner: Solskjaer has to get off to a good star this season and the fixtures have been kind to United in that regard. He’s made the bold decision, along with the club, to sign young talent and it looks to have worked over the summer as it has reenergized this squad. United are now a counter-attacking team and Solskjaer knows they have to be better defensively, and that is where Harry Maguire will come in. If Ole can get off to a flying start, this has the potential to be a very good season. How he handled the Europe League group stage will be key, with plenty of youngsters likely to be handed the chance to play in Europe as the “A squad” battles for a top four finish in the PL.
PST predicts: There is a lot of doom and gloom around United, as there has been for the past few seasons, but a hot start could get rid of a lot of that negativity. Is Solskjaer the best coach in the world? Probably not. Does he have a squad to work with that’s capable of finishing in the top four? Yes. United have to be hungry and hard to play against. If they can regain that ruthless streak a top four finish beckons.