While we’re being treated to a packed schedule of fixtures throughout the summer, with Euro 2020 taking place. That Premier League wheel keeps on spinning, as we edge ever closer to the 2021/22 season.
The official fixture list was just revealed for the English top-flight, with all eyes firmly planted on the 14th of August.
Manchester United will be confident with the start they were handed.
Nothing is guaranteed but with an opening home game against the old rival, Leeds United, and consecutive away trips to Southampton and Wolves respectively, United fans will feel an early run of form is more than reasonable.
The Red Devils finished in second last season, 12 points behind their cross-city nemesis, Manchester City.
A genuine title challenge seemed out of reach for Man United, but with the right recruitment, it could take them one step closer to their first league title in eight years.
Dive into any United fan forums, and they’ll tell you the spine of the team needs bolstering. Whether that be Raphael Varane or Kieran Tripper coming in to strengthen the back line, or Declan Rice to prop up the heart of the midfield.
One thing we can expect, is another summer of Jadon Sancho rumours.
The Englishman was seemingly Manchester bound last year, while that wasn’t to be, it hasn’t quelled any speculation about his arrival this summer.
Reports suggest that United value the player at around €78m, with Dortmund believing they’re €12m, plus €5m in bonuses short of the mark.
A big deal like this won’t be completed until the end of the European Championships. But you must question if Ed Woodward is playing poker over an agreement, is Sancho seen as main priority for them?
One position Manchester United haven’t filled since Wayne Rooney’s departure is up front. Cavani showed us all how out of position Anthony Martial was being played over the last few years. A square peg in a round hole.
If United want to be seen as a major force again they need to get a prolific goalscorer in. Harry Kane, Erling Haaland or Kylian Mbappé should be on their radar if Manchester United want to be seen as a big club and compete for trophies. Anything less shows the clubs lack of ambition.
One signing that is coming into the club is the returning goalkeeper, Tom Heaton.
The 35-year-old arrives at Old Trafford on a two-year deal, with an option for a year extension.
He’s expected to come in as the third choice, with the departure of Sergio Romero.
It adds to the stiff competition between the sticks. With the main question being, David De Gea or Dean Henderson?
The latter burst his way into the starting team late last season. After a string of strong performances, they plateaued a tad.
Merely due to his age and calm distribution, you can see why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be tempted to cash in on the long standing, David De Gea.
Domestic and European Campaign
United are currently 9/1 to win the Premier League, find list here for more odds.
Top Four may be the goal in the short term. Considering Manchester City will be front runners, and the late resurgence of Chelsea and Liverpool last season.
United badly underachieved in the Champions League last year. But with the English sides flexing their muscles against struggling European counterparts in Spain and Germany, the Premier League sides are the ones to fear in that competition.
If Manchester United don’t get their transfer policy spot on this summer then the group stages is about as much as they can expect.