League Cup champions, Manchester United, have won the first domestic trophy of the season but the focus has immediately turned to what else can they achieve this season.
For the first time in almost half a decade the aura around Manchester United has begun to return, with suggestions that they are on back on route to challenging for the highest honours in football, but is this fuss around the club deserved?
The Red Devils’ recent success of an FA Cup and League Cup hasn’t come cheaply with the club spending close to half a billion pounds since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013. The club broke two British transfer records in the process on Angel Di Maria and Paul Pogba, with the Argentine having a forgettable 14/15 campaign then departing to Paris Saint Germain, and the Frenchman still yet to show any serious indications that he is worth the £89 million paid to Juventus to gain his signature.
Even though there have been many flops, the club can be happy with the recent signings of Zlatan Ibrahimović, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Ander Herrera who have proved to be successful additions.
Regarding this season, United were favourites to win back their Premiership crown – something they have not threatened to do. They find themselves at the bottom of the mini league between competition’s six richest teams, that is despite only being outspent by neighbors, Manchester City. 15 points behind top spot and no guarantee of a top four position raises further questions if the new-found optimism is warranted.
With league games against Chelsea (home), Tottenham (away), Manchester City (away) and Arsenal (away) still to come alongside an FA Cup tie against Chelsea (away) there is a possibility Manchester United could walk away from this season disappointed after spending another fortune.
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