After what seems like forever, the Premier League is finally back to light up our screens! In preparation for the opening weekend, Millsy’s View is going to take a look at each team and review how they have done so far, how they might perform with the remaining fixtures and where they might finish in the league.
It is obviously going to be very different, as we have already seen with the return of the Bundesliga, where the lack of fans seems to give no home advantage. Also, many teams have come back seemingly better prepared, whilst conversely, some are not so well prepared. Nonetheless, in this article, we’re going to a look at Manchester United and try to analyse how they might do.
The Story So Far
This season kicked off with a real bang for United, a massive 4-0 win over Chelsea that really got red hearts racing. Unfortunately, following that there were some poor performances against Wolves and Crystal Palace, a couple of decisions and penalties that didn’t go the way United would’ve wanted and that really had an effect on their early season form.
In addition to this, United were really hampered by injuries to some of their biggest players, namely Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay. Things really turned around come the end of January with the arrival of Bruno Fernandes, who breathed some real creativity and life into the side and since then they have gone unbeaten. All this noise around the club and their new signing built into a cacophony, which met it’s highest point with the 2-0 win over local rivals Manchester City, their last game before lockdown.
What’s Coming Up?
First up, United play against Tottenham Hotspur, who are currently just 4 points behind them in the table and real competition for a European place. Whoever wins that game will have a real wind in their sails and it will be a good indicator of how both the teams have prepared themselves during the coronavirus break.
Following that, United play Sheffield United, who were also covered in one of these articles, in another decisive game in the race for Europe. Things ease off a little after that, as United play teams solely in the bottom half, before facing off against Leicester in their final league fixture, by which time the race for Europe should be pretty much decided.
Where Will They Finish?
Overall, with most of their biggest fixtures already played, I back United to do well against Tottenham and Sheffield United, which will give them a real confidence kick to take on the teams in the lower fathoms of the league. I back them to secure at least a Europa League place and think they are strong contenders to take a Champions League spot to put them back where they belong next season.
This article was written by Millsy of Millsy’s View and is part of a series on the post-corona Premier League run-in which you can find here. Alternatively, you can follow me on Facebook, Twitter or WordPress to see any new articles.