Manchester United legend David Beckham has tipped his former side to reclaim the Premier League title this season.
The Red Devils haven't secured England's most prestigious prize during the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, but Beckham is of the belief that new manager Jose Mourinho can bring his beloved club back to the summit of the division.
"I am going to have to say United," Beckham told Sky Sports when asked who will win next season's title. "I will always be on that side of the fence."
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But will United, who have finished in seventh, fourth and fifth in the past three seasons, really be able to step it up this term?
Well, it would be foolish to write them off at this stage; here are five reasons why United will win their 21st top division title:
Well, this one is quite simple; Manchester United have Portuguese mastermind Jose Mourinho leading the way. To make matters worse for the club's rivals, Mourinho is a wounded animal right now and will be determined to prove his critics wrong.
He may well have only secured Premier League title success just over one year ago, but his disastrous opening half of the season at Chelsea last term has dented his reputation.
How will he react? He certainly has a job on his hands at Old Trafford, but there's no reason why he won't be able to thrive at arguably the biggest club in the country. He has the tactical nous and the mental strength to steer United back to the top.
Rashford and Martial are gems
While Mourinho's influence will be huge, he will be well aware that he will have two of the most exciting young forward thinking players at his disposal next term. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial haven't exactly had much time to prove their credentials in the Premier League, but they are already recognised as future superstars of the game.
If these two continue to grow and improve at the rate they have been going, then they will only continue to steer the Red Devils in the right direction. With the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney occupying them, Premier League defenders should be very worried indeed.
Mourinho has absolutely got the job done in the transfer window so far; Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Ibrahimovic have already been purchased, while there's every chance that France international Paul Pogba will follow suit imminently.
Bailly is full of potential and has all the attributes to become a top-class defender. Mkhitaryan and Ibrahimovic really will bring something unique to the United team and their presence in the side will most definitely add goals to the ranks.
Ibrahimovic has won titles in every country that he has played in and will be desperate to continue that trend in England. Pogba - if he signs - has also been used to glory, which will only further stand the club in good stead.
David de Gea is world-class
United may well have been lacking something over the last three seasons, but they certainly haven't had any trouble in the goalkeeping department. That's because Spain international David de Gea has gone from strength-to-strength at the Theatre of Dreams and is now comfortably recognised as one of the leading 'keepers in world football.
If United tighten up defensively - and De Gea's impeccable form continues - then Mourinho's side won't be conceding too many goals over the course of the campaign. Title-winning teams are built on a solid back-line and that starts with the goalkeeper.
FA Cup success
It would be foolish to completely underestimate United's FA Cup success under Louis van Gaal last season. While it wasn't enough to keep the Dutchman in a job, it should prove beneficial to a number of United's stars who will be hoping to win the big one this season.
The FA Cup represented the club's first major trophy since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement and there's now every reason to believe that the club can kick on. It was an important trophy for the likes of Jesse Lingard, Ander Herrera, Rashford and co.
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