Manchester United may have finished outside the top three for the past three seasons, but with Jose Mourinho now at the helm, they could be a force to be reckoned with once again.
The Portuguese, who replaced Louis van Gaal last month, will be spending his summer plotting ways to make the Old Trafford outfit formidable once again, just like they were under Sir Alex Ferguson.
But, with Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Arsene Wenger and Antonio Conte all in the Premier League next season, steering United back to the top will be no easy task.
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However, that said, here are three reasons why United can, not only return to the top four next season, but also go on and win the league title.
Van Gaal may have been criticised for his dull style of play and failure to coax the best from his signings, but the Dutchman has left the club in a better way than it was when he himself succeeded David Moyes two years ago.
Fading forces Robin van Persie and Nani were both sold to Fenerbahce, with squad players Javier Hernandez, Rafael Da Silva, Anders Lindegaard and Jonny Evans also shown the door.
Whilst blockbuster names Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria struggled during Van Gaal’s tenure, the likes of Anthony Martial, Daley Blind and Morgan Schneiderlin have vastly improved the squad.
Another positive is the late rise of Marcus Rashford, which means Mourinho will inherit English's next rising star, with the Portuguese now blessed with a solid squad brimming with potential.
Though he was axed by Chelsea in December, Mourinho remains one of the best managers in world football.
The Portuguese has won league titles in England before – on three occasions with Chelsea – and has also conquered Spain, Portugal and Italy in his relatively short managerial career.
On top of that, Mourinho has also won the Champions League twice, with Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan six years later, meaning United finally have a manager capable of delivering success in the modern game.
Van Gaal and Moyes were both accused of playing medieval football, and though Mourinho is hardly known for his sumptuous style of play, he should at least get United winning more games than before.
Mourinho has already swooped for Villarreal defender Eric Bailly, and history suggests that he may be able to bring more big names to Old Trafford.
If, as expected, United are able to tie up a deal for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, they will be landing a forward who has scored 156 goals in the past four seasons, and an individual that has won league titles in every country he has played in.
On top of that, rumours suggest that the Old Trafford hierarchy may swoop for Neymar, with the Brazilian unhappy after recent criticism of his performances for his country at the Copa America.
Mourinho is a man capable of luring the best and biggest names to Manchester, and that could help the club end their wait for a 21st league title.
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