After witnessing Manchester City’s amazing run of results, many have come to believe that the race to the Premier League is already over. However, we at Fantasy Football Titans believe the contrary and the red half of Manchester is still in it with a shout.
Winning while playing badly
Despite City’s amazing run of results, the Red Devils are still hanging on to the tailcoats of City – this is when United haven’t been playing any impressive football of late. United have struggled to break down opponents but they still managed to carve out tough wins against the stubborn teams. They played mid-table teams like Southampton, Tottenham & Brighton and still emerge 1-0 winners. When they are in full throttle, not many teams have managed to stop them.
Many might think that Mourinho’s teams are boring and they don’t score many but the Premier League table doesn’t lie. You might think that Liverpool are definitely more attacking than United but United have actually outscored Liverpool for the first 15 games.
Depth and balance of squad
The current squad at Man United is quite actually amazing. They may not have the most entertaining starting XI in the league like Manchester City, but they certainly have the most depth and the best balance. They have enough cover in every department and Jose Mourinho will not make the same mistake of letting important cover players leave in January like last season. If you just look at their recent games, their first choice center back pairing of Phil Jones and Eric Bailly have been out but they have managed to cope with Chris Smalling, Macros Rojo and Victor Lindelof (although some may argue Lindelof looks more of a liability for now). Not many teams can still do so well defensively when both their first choice center halves are missing.
Let’s not forget Zlatan Ibrahimovic. His return will mean that Romelu Lukaku gets more competition and rest time. When he’s not doing well, there is another recognized goal scorer to come in and it’s not unthinkable that both of them play together up front, especially when Ibrahimovic can offer so much more than just goals. His skills and link-up play is simply just as good.
On top of that, they have a wide variety of players with different skill sets that they can bring in the change the game. Anthony Martial & Marcus Rashford are quick and good on the ball, Juan Mata & Henrikh Mkhitaryan are the creative force, Jese Lingard is very good with his runs and his linkup play while Marouane Fellaini is a good option if they choose to be more direct.
Of course there is Paul Pogba, who can almost single-handedly turn a game on its head with his abilities. He holds the ball up well, can easily pick out a team mate 60 yards away, can score and provide assists as well. He has certainly improved from last season – he’s much more mature on the ball this term; he does not rush into passes and does not take speculative shots all the time.
If all else fails, there is David de Gea. The 27-year-old is currently at the peak of his prowess and has already rescued his side several times this term. To say that he can save the Titanic is a good pun but he does deserve all the plaudits that he has received so far this season.
Mourinho’s influence & second season syndrome
Last but not least, we take a look at the effect Mourinho has on the team. He has always managed to engrain a toughness and never-say-die attitude to his teams, giving them the winning mentality like Sir Alex Ferguson had used to. They had Fergie Time and now there is Jose Time – this has really come to the fold this season – United has scored 12 goals in the 80th minute or later in just 15 league games this season. In a recent interview, Frank Lampard has spoken of Mourinho’s influence on the team and how he wins them trophies.
Finally, there is the Mourinho Second Season Syndrome. The man has managed to win the title for every club he has managed in every one of their second season. He has done so with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and again in his second spell at Chelsea. It was all the more impressive as he managed to help Real Madrid snatch the title from the all-conquering Barcelona team under Pep Guardiola. His team managed 100 points that season and 121 league goals that season, both a La Liga record. That also prompted Pep Guardiola to step down as Barcelona manager at the end of the season. Will we see a repeat this time round in the Premier League? Don’t bet against it!
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