Year Formed

1878

Stadium

Old Trafford

Capacity

75,653
 

Last 10 years league finishing positions

 
 

Best Season

1998/99

While Manchester United have overwhelmingly dominated the English Premier League, particularly in the early 2000s, 1998/99 is a fans favourite. That season saw them secure a legendary treble with the league (English Premier League), the domestic cup (FA Cup) and continental cup (UEFA Champions League). Whilst the most common memory is a last-minute winner by Solskjaer in the Champions League final, the Red Devils were all class in the league as well and romped to a comfortable title.

 

How they fared last season

Internal politics and the constant undermining of current head coach Louis Van Gaal was always going to end in disaster as the enigmatic Dutchman simply couldn’t pull the Red Devils out of a rut and led them to 5th place, their worst finish since David Moyes’s catastrophic 7th two years earlier. Whilst unearthing raw natural talent such as Marcus Ashford, the tinkering manager could not contain the personalities in the squad, and at times the side simply lacked cohesion on the field. Despite winning the FA Cup, Van Gaal was shown the door to make way for The Special One.

49
number of goals
scored last season
35
number of goals
conceded last season
1
red card
65
yellow cards
 

Team Strengths

Manchester United are pinning their hopes on a new midfield-striker combination to bring goals and assists in a new-look Red Devils side.

Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan joins the club after providing 32 assists in all competitions for Borussia Dortmund and can put the ball on a platter for any striker.

He will be coupled with United’s newest attacking asset who comes with just as much ego as talent.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic delivers on the football pitch, with 43 goals in 39 games across all competitions, including a record 38 Ligue 1 goals.

He’s no one-trick pony either with 205 goals in 276 games since 2009.

 

Weaknesses

Whilst incoming “Special One” Jose Mourinho has a reputation for hitting the ground running with whatever club he manages, if the fans do not get onside with the Portuguese manager, it could all unravel quickly.

The Old Trafford faithful have been starved of league success for years now, and it’ll be a test of the mettle of the manager if he can handle the pressures of putting the club’s longest Premier League drought to an end.

 

Formation

Once again, Jose Mourinho is a firm believer in 4-3-2-1. However he has been criticised at times for not swaying from the formation even if results are not going his way.

 

Star Player

Wayne Rooney.

Whilst Zlatan and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are both great players in their own right, they’re unproven at English Premier League level.

Now 30, Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney is still the king of the Red Devils and with 178 goals in 368 Premier League appearances, he’s not exactly goal shy either.

Watch for him to be the perfect foil for Ibrahimovic.

 

Jose Mourinho

Manager

Arguably one of the most polarising men in world football, appointing Mourinho does come with one thing however - success... for the first two seasons at least.

Sacked by Chelsea last year as they languished in the bottom half of the table, Mourinho was consistently linked to the Manchester United hot seat.

He has the charisma, arrogance, genius and leadership United desperately need right now.