The newly crowned FA Cup winners, Manchester United, look ahead to next season after clinching the prestigious trophy against Crystal Palace on May 21st at Wembley Stadium.
United desperately need to push on from this win next season, or they risk becoming persistent Europa League contenders, an achievement for some, but not Manchester United.
The FA Cup triumph is papering over the cracks in United's Premier League campaign. The Reds finished fifth in the league after a relatively lousy push to qualify for Champions League football.
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A season of constant ups and downs with joy and dismay at every turn, something United fans have experienced a fair amount of over the last few seasons since Sir Alex Ferguson handed over the realms.
The 2016/2017 campaign has to be a successful one for the club, another season of falling short of fourth place will be disastrous for them.
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At the moment, Manchester United are perceived to be having a momentarily blip in what always will be a hugely successful club, however, another poor showing may just start to lead people to believe that they really are diminishing in quality.
The fix for this problem? Simple, a solid top three finish in next season's Premier League campaign, even a fourth place finish will be unacceptable for a team who have players at the top end of the footballing ladder. Individuals like; Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, Morgan Schneiderlin, Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial are all immensely talented players, let alone having arguably the best goal-keeper in the world behind a frankly wobbly defensive unit.
United have all of this talent at their disposal, yet they all currently play out of their dedicated positions. Rooney is basically playing as a holding midfielder, Martial is playing out wide as a winger, as is Mata and well, Herrera and Schneiderlin aren't playing too much at all nowadays.
Whether this is a managerial error, which many believe it is, or players not performing well enough in training, something has to change to get these talents playing in their preferred positions.
Here lies the resolution to United's problems, all they need to do is set-up in a formation that fits all of the mentioned players in their respective positions and actually have faith in their ability instead of limiting them to managerial positioning, it really is that simple.
Nevertheless, the Reds do need to recruit in the summer transfer window. A long overdue world-class centre-back is vital for the defence, and also a well executed move for a winger in the upcoming months could really make United into a title challenging team once again.
If they aren't careful, however, Manchester United are at risk of falling into a similar fate as bitter rivals, Liverpool. Once a title-winning club and were even perceived as one of the best in the world, to being a team with so much prestige, promise and history, but one that may never quite get back to their brilliant best.
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