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2019/20 English Premier League Preview – Manchester United: Transfer News, Odds and Prediction

If there’s a club that has plenty of work to do this summer it’s Manchester United. Last season was a hugely disappointing one for them with again no top four finish. Ole Gunnar Solksjaer is in charge and he has players to sign and players to sell before the transfer window closes. Can he get United back in the Champions League?

2018/19 Season

Manchester United finished sixth in the 2018/19 Premier League season. They were 32 points behind champions Manchester City. That’s the same number of points they were above the relegation zone. They won 19 league games, compared to 25 in the previous season. Jose Mourinho was replaced by Ole Gunnar Solksjaer who got off to a great start but struggled soon after.

Transfer Activity

It’s clear to anyone that Manchester United’s squad needs major surgery. They have signed Aaron Wan-Bassaki from Crystal Palace and are hoping to add Harry Maguire as they bid to strengthen their defence. It’s still a confusing situation at Old Trafford. They don’t know if Romelu Lukaku or Paul Pogba will be at Old Trafford at the start of the season. They have added Swansea City winger to their squad. He looks a good signing after impressing in pre-season. Solksjaer still has work to do in the final weeks of the transfer window.

Problem Areas

Last season saw United concede 54 league goals. That was 26 goals more than in the previous season and only eight teams conceded more home league goals. United can’t afford a repeat of that this season and hopefully the transfer window will produce a tighter defence.

United lost ten league games last season, winning only 19. Six home league games ended in a draw with three games lost. They earned 36 points at home, that’s compared to the 54 that were earned by Manchester City. Away form has to improve this season too. Seven matches were lost and that’s 12 in the last two seasons. They had the fourth best away record in the league but were still 14 points less than Manchester City.

Is Ole Gunnar Solksjaer the right man for the job? He got off to a great start but they failed to win any of their last five league games. He’s 6/1 (7.0) at BetVictor to be the next Premier League manager to leave his club.

Early Season Fixtures

11 August: Chelsea (home)

19 August: Wolverhampton Wanderers (away)

24 August: Crystal Palace (home)

31 August: Southampton (away)

14 September: Leicester City (home)

They face a tough task in their opening two league games. However, it could be a situation where they are meeting teams at just the right time. Chelsea are in a bit of a transition stage with a new manager and no Eden Hazard. Then they take on Wolves who are in the midst of attempting to qualify for the group stages of the Europa League.

Palace at home and Southampton away are both fixtures that United drew last season but should be wins this season. Leicester at home isn’t the easiest of games either, will Maguire be wearing red or blue that day? A good start is required though as their next two home games are against Arsenal and Liverpool.

Prediction

A lot depends on just what happens in the transfer window before it closes. United have to end the uncertainty over Pogba and Lukaku and strengthen their squad. They look to have unearthed another diamond in Mason Greenwood who has been impressive in pre-season.

United don’t look anywhere near being title challengers. They are 40/1 (41.0) at Bet365 to win the title. Their aim will be to get back into the top four but that’s not an easy task at all. Tottenham and Arsenal are strengthening their squads and Chelsea will again be a threat. It’s going to be a tough season for United but if Solksjaer can get his transfer dealings right, they could sneak into the top four. William Hill have odds of 1/1 (2.0) on United finishing in the Champions League places.

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