Man Utd top four (4): How Manchester United can make it in Premier League

Man Utd top four (4): How Manchester United can make it in Premier League

May 23, 2021 0 By Ibiye Ambille

Manchester United top 4 chances in the English Premier League, highlighting how Man United can achieve it every season.

 

Manchester United top four chances are always brighter season after season with the array of stars in the team including the likes of Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood, Harry Maguire and Alex Telles.

 

 

Although, there have been lots of setbacks some of which has been characterized by mistakes from the point of view of the coach through wrong and unexpected player substitution.

 

Also, some of the mistakes that have hindered Manchester United top four chances in the Premier League includes players played outside their original position, defensive errors and attackers inability to convert chances.

 

 

Man United started the 2020/21 Premier League season on a losing note by bowing to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.

 

To some fans, the loss was a big eye-opener for the players and the club’s top hierarchy.

 

These mistakes against Crystal Palace appeared not to be enough for the Red Devils to make amends were necessary.

 

The Mancunians coached by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were humiliated by former Jose Mourinho with his new team Tottenham Hotspur, a result United fans cannot forget in a hurry.

 

This was the high point that caused the call by fans for a quick fix or lose everything, mounting pressure on the head coach.

 

But moving further, the Red Devils appeared to have had a quality timeout in the UEFA Champions League, beating Paris Saint Germain and RB Leipzig.

 

Although these results could not help the team qualify for the UEFA Champions League knockout stages as they bowed out to the UEFA Europa League playoffs.

 

But these big results still did not show the progress that has been made after taking positives from last season’s outing which saw the club eclipse Leicester City to the remaining Champions League position.

 

The eventual exit from the UEFA Champions League and reaching the finals of the UEFA Europa League could come as the huge gains that were made.

 

But how can Manchester United achieve the top four after making several buys in the market including notable signings like Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles, Amad Diallo, Facundo Pellistri, etc?

 

 

Realistically, the chances of making the top 4 at the end of every campaign are still open. Manchester United has the players and is capable of doing so without having many problems.

 

 

The club’s Premier League status alone shows last season’s performance was one of the worst so far at the start of the league campaign most especially in the early parts of the 2020/2021 season.

 

But how can Manchester United achieve a top-four position amid surprise teams in the division including Leeds United, Aston Villa, Leicester City, Everton and even Southampton?

 

Highlighting Manchester United chances of achieving the top four end of every Premier League season.

 

Man Utd top four (4): How Manchester United can make it in Premier League

 

1. Settling issues bordering players contract

The notable player in this category is Paul Labile Pogba.

 

The Frenchman has been linked with a possible return to Juventus as well as a dream move to Real Madrid.

 

The midfielder at some point also revealed his desire to play with the biggest club in Spain in the nearest future. Manchester United’s problems also circles around Pogba’s uncertain future at the club.

 

Settling the players future would go a long way as it will help the player and the rest of the squad concentrate fully.

 

Since the arrival of Edinson Cavani, there appears to be some level of stability upfront.

 

Although he was initially brought on as a backup for Another Martial even though Martial appears to be out of form.

 

It is left for the club to settle every contract dispute to boost to players level of concentration.

 

Man United top hierarchy should ensure the contracts of every individual player in the team should be settled before the start of the season.

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This also relates to the signing of new players capable of carrying the team to the next level.

 

2. Assign players in the right role

 

Manchester United this season have been faced with the issue of misplaced formation of key players.

 

If you’ve watched matches involving the red devils, you’ll see how the manager had preferred to play a false nine amid the availability of players in the right position.

 

Solskjaer prefers to start Mason Greenwood ahead of an already fit Edinson Cavani in the absence of Anthony Martial.

 

The although Rashford also plays as a centre forward, Greenwood had always been his preferred option in some high profile games.

 

Although in recent matches, the Norwegian manager plays now swaps the two attackers.

 

That been said, Mason Greenwood remains the best option for Man United looking at the perspective of the team’s future.

 

But for the sake of results, Edinson Cavani should be placed on high priority.

 

Donny Van de Beek who is also seen as the future of United midfield is not always the preferred option for Solskjaer.

 

But why is Donny Van de Beek always on the bench? Is he not good enough for the Man United first team and why was he bought in the first place.

 

In all, the manager should consider starting the right players in their usual role.

 

3. Manager changing his tactical approach

It appears Solskjaer’s tactics sometimes appears to be working fine but turns out odd in some areas.

 

Solskjaer surprised the rest of the Premier League after taking over from Jose Mourinho, moving the club to the top after a miserable run of form.

 

There should be a new approach to the game. Small teams like Aston Villa, Leicester City, Leeds United and Southampton have been impressive so far.

 

These clubs have players rated to be average in the division, compared to the category of players present at Manchester United.

 

Watkins, Vardy, Bamford, Ings are perfect examples who have turned out to be Premier League, dangerous men.

 

4.  Optionally, a change in the managerial department

Some United fans are clamouring for a change in the managerial department.

 

Some fans are calling for a quick replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who appears not to be getting things right as things stand currently.

 

There are options in the market, Manchester United can still sign some high profile free managers like Mauricio Pochettino, Allegri, Erik Ten Haag, Hansi Flick, etc.

 

However, these changes still may not be able to bring the much-needed improvements and over time which calls for the need to improve the team in every department.

 

Man United fans have to be patient with Ole Gunnar Solsjaer by giving him the necessary supports. Also, money should be released for the acquisition of better players in the market.

 

Some of the recommended players include Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland, Kingsley Coman, Harry Kane, Kalidou Koulibaly, etc.

 

5. Major shakeup in the defence

Manchester United defence appears to be fine, but with lapses at the same time.

 

Currently, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire, Tuanzebe, Luke Shaw, Victor Nelson Lindelof are still in their best form.

 

However, there should be more reinforcement in the defence.

 

Currently, players like Lukas Klostermann, Kalidou Koulbaly are players in the sight of many clubs.

 

The club from the red side of Mancunia can achieve the top four if some of these changes are made.

 

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The Attack

The attack had also been the major problem the United have faced over the last couple of years.

 

During the time of Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, David Beckham, etc.

 

United used to have a well formidable attack capable of creating fear in the minds of defenders at all.

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The new era of Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial isn’t producing as many goals as they are expected to.

 

The players are exceptionally good, but they still need time to establish themselves.

 

This alone calls for urgency in the attack and the need to sign new attackers capable of scoring goals that would always put the team at the forefront.

 

The Major aspects which separate Manchester City and Manchester United at the moment are the availability of attackers at the city capable of scoring goals week in week out.

 

For United, the reverse seems to be the case.

 

In this current era, the likes of Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial have contributed a lot to the team’s success.

 

But it is not enough with the high standard of the English Premier League.

 

There’s a need to scout for players that can produce goals week in week out for the team.

 

Man United top hierarchy has to enter the transfer market in search of players in the attacking position capable of scoring more than twenty goals a season.

 

They need a player capable of scoring the most important goals when they matter to the team most especially in times of injuries.

 

Recall, Marcus Rashford injury caused a lot of problems for the team which forced the need to sign a backup striker for the short term.

 

The Defense

Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Aaron Wan Bissaka, Leon Bailey, Luke Shaw are performing well in their rights.

 

However, the cutting edge and the finishing touches are still lacking.

 

This can be observed in the team’s overall performance in even as Premier League sides always find a way to dribble past defenders unexpectedly.

 

This calls for the team’s overall including the signing of some top players in the market at the moment.

 

One of the reasons why Manchester City shines is the ability of the club to scout for good defenders.

 

Manchester United need to improve on this to be able to compete with the rest of the teams.

 

Coach Solsjaer needs to devise a strategy that would work perfectly with his players.

 

The Midfield

As things stand currently, Manchester United is enjoying a brilliant midfield spearheaded by the maestro “Bruno Fernandes” who was signed from Sporting Lisbon.

 

He has singlehandedly lifted Manchester United status to the next level with his goals scoring abilities as well as providing quality assists for attackers upfront.

 

The Goalkeeping

Dean Henderson is improving by the day.

 

But there’s still a need to sign young goalkeepers capable of creating a balance and competition which will further enhance the team’s overall performance.

 

The Coaching roles

Coach Ole Gunnar Solsjaer needs to change his tactical approach to the game.

 

He should be able to understand the dynamics in any game he is involved in.

 

This relates to making a good subscription capable of helping the team.

 

The Transfer plans

In the 21st century, the most important aspect of every football club to win laurels is an active Transfer strategy.

 

 

The top hierarchy at the club needs to sign quality players.

 

According to several media reports, Manchester United have missed out on signing top players who could have lifted the team if they were bought.

 

United today is one of the Premier League links with most of the best players in the market.

 

But the problem lies in how to sign these players with the current big money spenders in the market.

 

The Youth development setup

Perhaps more emphasis should be on the youth setup. More players from the professional development squad should be promoted to the senior team.

 

Also, they should be allowed to start games which will create a very high-level Competition as well as boost their level of confidence as they grow older to become proper first-team players.

 

Recalling players from an initial loan spell

Today Man United boost an array of young promising players spread across Europe.

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Some of these players performing well should be recalled back to the team and should be allowed to shine also.

 

A perfect example of this is Leicester City man Harvey Barnes. Barnes was initially loaned to West Bromwich Albion but was quickly recalled back to Leicester City after an impressive outing in the EFL Championship.

 

Today, Barnes forms an integral part of Leicester City first team.

 

Man United have top promising young players in some of the top leagues in Europe. These players should be recalled back to the senior team.

 

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Man United Squad

(Goalkeepers)

Dean Henderson, David de Gea

(Defenders)

Eric Bailly, Fish William, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Axel Tuanzebe, Alex Telles Nicolao, Aaron Wan Bissaka, Brandon Williams.

(Midfielders)

Bruno Fernandes, Fred, Daniel James, Juan Mata Manuel, Nemanja Matic, Hannibal Mejbri, Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek.

(Attackers)

Edinson Cavani, Amad Diallo, Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Shola Shoretire.

 

Manchester United 2021/2022 Season preview, what to expect

 

Man United current squad are expected to make waves when the new season comes on board. The Red devils boost an array of young players at its disposal all eager to win titles.

 

Last season was an improvement. At least finishing second as well as reaching the finals of the UEFA Europa League is a huge plus.

 

The initial promise by Coach Ole Gunnar Solsjaer to hand opportunities to young players also means a lot to the club.

 

What this means, the Competition in every aspect of the team is expected to increase thereby boosting the individual contributed towards the overall performance of the team in the new season.

 

United have up to four trophies to face including the Premier League, the FA Cup, League Cup and the UEFA Champions League.

 

With the previous season improvement, a lot more is expected to come when the new season, the 2021/2022 season comes in.

 

Manchester United trophies and why the team has always finished the top four in the Premier League history

 

In the history of football most especially in the new Premier League era, Manchester United have finished more seasons in the top four than any other time.

 

Today, Man United are record Champions of EPL with a record 20 titles.

 

This means the club has finished in the top 4 in almost the years of the club’s existence in the English top-flight division.

 

The last time the Red Devils won the league was during the 2012–13 Premier League season.

 

In 2019/2020, Man United finished second thereby achieving another top 4 status which guarantees the team for the 2021/2022 UEFA Champions League group stages.

 

In other domestic Competitions, the red devils boost twelve English FA Cup titles as well as five EFL League Cup titles.

 

Man United are record Champions of the FA Community Shield with twenty-one titles. Also, the club has won three UEFA Champions League titles.

 

Predictions for the 2021/2022 football season

Man United started last season on a poor note by losing to smaller teams.

 

However, a lot did change as the season progressed further.

 

This could be attributed to the signing of top stars including Bruno Fernandes, Alex Telles Nicolao and Edinson Cavani.

 

Looking ahead of the new season, United could make a few buys in the transfer market according to the heavy transfer rumours.

 

With the current Squad in good shape, United will challenge for the league title as well the UEFA Champions League and other top domestic Cup tournaments like the FA Cup and the EFL League Cup.

 

With a good team, Man United top four chances will always remain open.

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