We’re already six games into the Premier League in 2017 and multiple clubs have already shown they have what it takes to steal the Premier League crown from their rivals. Attacking Liverpool are scoring well but are suffering in defence. Arsenal looks a bit of the same. Tottenham looks like they could spring another surprise under top manager Pochettino, and Manchester United already look like a different opposition under the second season of Mourinho. Manchester City look like the ones to beat currently, though, scoring more than 20 goals in their first six games and keeping five clean sheets. Manchester United aren’t far away in the goal scoring department and only sits behind on goal difference. Will United manage to pip their rivals come May 2018?
Jose Mourinho’s Second Season Experience Could Count
Quite incredibly, Jose Mourinho has won the league with the team he’s managed in his second season in charge. Manchester United finished a disappointing 6th place last season, so fans will be looking for something more this year. But, with how United have started, it would be no surprise to see them crowned champions of England once again under Mourinho’s second season in the hot seat.
Another Signing in January Could Be the Deciding Factor
Although Manchester City has done pretty good defensively this term, they still look like they need another good defender to come and provide some depth on the bench. Manchester United, on the other hand, look all sorted in that department. However, United still look like they could do with another winger and, if they managed to land a top winger in the winter, that could put them in a strong position if they were to finish 2017 with a flourish. Of course, January is never a great time to buy because it’s the middle of the season and not many clubs want to offload their prized assets on the cheap, so a winger would definitely come at a price.
United Would Still Need to Avoid Injuries
It’s becoming evidently clear already that this season is going to be filled with goals for both teams, much to the delight of those online betting fanatics. With Manchester City’s strike force in Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero, and Manchester United’s Lukaku, Ibrahimovic, Rashford, and co, it’s going to be a thriller. However, injuries do happen and that’s ultimately what cost United last season. If United are to pip their rivals next year, Lukaku will definitely need to stay injury-free before the fans favourite, Ibrahimovic, comes back from his.
Could Mourinho’s Experience Be the Deciding Factor?
Both managers struggled to make an impact in their first seasons with their new clubs last year, but Mourinho has tons of Premier League experience thanks to the two stints he had with Chelsea. Could that, eventually, be the deciding factor come May 2018?
Whatever happens in 2018, the Premier League is already off to a flying start for both Manchester clubs. More goals, poor refereeing decisions, injuries, and managerial decisions will all come into play long before then, so there’s nothing to suggest the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, and Chelsea don’t have a chance just yet.