Here, I will take a look at various problems United had last season, preventing them from mounting a title challenge, and how these can be addressed for next season

Manchester United had a very mixed 2016/17 season under the new manager José Mourinho, bringing in three trophies along with an unacceptable league performance.

There were many highlights to the season, such as the Europa League and EFL Cup triumphs.

Many individuals shone under Mourinho such as Ander Herrera, who won player of the year for Man United, as well as the likes of Antonio Valencia and Zlatan Ibrahimović.


Despite the guarantee of Champions League football through the Europa League, a team of United's stature should be fighting for the Premier League title and not 4th place.

Many people see this as down to the Thursday-Sunday playing schedule, and it is true that Tuesday-Saturday or even Tuesday-Sunday can mean more rest time for the players and therefore restrict the number of injuries a team gets over the course of the season.

Manchester United's main issue in the league last season was the lack of goals being scored, resulting in the 15 draws that they suffered. In all competitions, Ibrahimović scored 28 goals, followed by both Rashford and Mkhitaryan on 11.

If you compare this to Tottenham who finished 2nd, there is Kane on 35, Alli on 22, Son on 21 followed by Eriksen on 12. Therein lies the problem for the Red Devil's. While teams around them were putting four or five past the likes of Hull and Swansea, United were drawing 0-0 and 1-1, causing them to drop vital points.

It was not that United didn't deserve to win those matches, as in some cases they had over 40 attempts on the opposition's goal. It was the poor quality finishing that let the team down.

An example match would be against Burnley, when United had over 40 shots with just 11 on target. The game finished 0-0! Even though Ibrahimović was the top scorer, he is still guilty of missing very good chances that would have given United more points to help push into the top 4.

If a few more players such as the likes of Lingard, Mata and Mkhitaryan had chipped in with more goals, it could have been a different story for United.

In order to rectify this problem, Manchester United must turn towards the transfer market. They need creativity to complement Pogba's ability and somebody like James Rodriguez would be able to do this.

As well as this, a natural goalscorer is needed to fill the boots of Zlatan Ibrahimović. Some strikers within the picture include Morata and Kane, as well as Belotti of Torino.

United also struggled against the top 6 last season, winning against just 2 of them. At home, they lost to Man City, drew to Liverpool and Arsenal and beat Spurs, as well as Chelsea.

On the road, they drew to Liverpool and City and lost to the three London clubs. This was largely down to the fact that certain players didn't turn up for the big games. The likes of Pogba, Martial and Mkhitaryan went missing, leaving Ibrahimović to do all he could alone up front.

This certainly needs to be addressed before next season as picking up points against teams who are also challenging for the title is vital if you want to keep yourself amongst the best.

Many people, and myself included, believe that Pogba will improve a lot come next season. Last year he had the £90 million price tag looming over him, which pressured him into trying too hard.

Next season, it is very likely that somebody would have gone beyond his price tag meaning he will have unnecessary weight taken off his shoulders.

As well as this, United are currently in the process of signing Matić and/or Fabinho who will both allow Pogba to play with more freedom. Knowing he has someone behind him ready to cover any mistakes will definitely help him.

If Man United can address these problems for next season, I see no reason why they couldn't challenge for the title, especially if they can add more quality to the team through the transfer market.

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