Through matchweek 14 in the Premier League, the Red Devils are impressing. Despite blundering in the Champions League, the lads’ form is strong. Specifically away from Old Trafford. For the first time in years, the boys could be in a title-race. The academy is as bright as ever and players on loan are excelling away from United. However, this season still feels lackluster. In order to change that, Manchester United desperately need a trophy in the coming year.
Finish Top 4 (with a Title Race)
Manchester United belong in the top 4 of the Premier League. While the all-time English League Champions have stuttered in recent years, the Red Devils shouldn’t finish any lower than 6th. To Ole’s credit, the lads finished well last season at 3rd and are looking to continue that trend this season. However, with the missed signings of Sancho and Haaland last year, it looked like United would stumble this season.
Through nearly the first half of the 2020-21 season, Manchester United are surpassing expectations in the league. Still though, all the accumulated points from the early fixtures mean nothing if form dips in the latter end of the competition. Top 4 is the expectation, but a title charge is the ambition. Even if United can’t win it this season, competing for the title again is a massive step forwards for the club.
Youth Opportunities / Development
As of last season, United lead Europe’s top 5 leagues with the highest percent of academy players in the first-team. That impressive achievement depicts the culture of Manchester United. The culture that was created by Sir Matt Bubsy, perfected by Sir Alex Ferguson, and hopefully continued under Ole Gunnar.
The future is extremely bright at the moment. For Ole, the crucial task is to preserve and grow United’s academy. While difficult, it is essential to give youth players opportunities to play and continue their development. The road back to glory starts with foster the youth talent from within the club.
Win a Trophy
United have not won a trophy since 2017. Despite good finishes in the league and multiple appearances in semi-finals, United need more. The lack of titles is one of the main issues supporters have with Ole Gunnar Solskjær. This season, winning a trophy is extremely important for Manchester United.
Winning something this season is doubly necessary since United flailed out of the Champions League. While dropping out of the Champions League was embarrassing, it also provided an opportunity to win a title in Europe: The Europa League. The main priorities are the Premier League and FA Cup, but the Europa League is a great chance for young players to get chances and for United to bring home a title.
Keep Building the Squad
Regardless of the finish this season, one target remains crucial: continuing squad improvement. United are undoubtedly improving from where they were in recent seasons. The rebuilding process is showing signs of fulfillment. However, the team is not ready yet. Deadwood remains on the roster and positions (RW, CB, and CDM) need further reinforcements.
Manchester United are progressing. The future looks extremely bright, but only if the investment continues. Arguably the most important goal of 2021 is to make sure that the squad is not only ready for the 2021-22 season, but for multiple seasons afterward as well.
Glory Glory Man United.
Written by CJ Szaz.