Ryan Giggs has given his thoughts on Manchester United’s title prospects for next season, noting that another good summer in the transfer window would place Jose Mourinho’s men in contention.
Man United could only muster sixth place last season following a campaign hallmarked by too many frustrating home draws and an eventual emphasis on winning the Europa League
They finished with 69 points, three more than last season but 24 behind champions Chelsea.
And Giggs, speaking to M.E.N, made it clear that Mourinho would need to add further reinforcements this summer to challenge for the title.
“Jose’s buys have been really good so far since he took over,” he said. “If he has another summer bringing in good players I don’t see why they don’t have a chance of winning the league next year.
“It is a lot to bridge but Chelsea were even further away and Leicester came from nowhere. It is different times. It is difficult to predict.”
United will be one of the title favourites if Mourinho can get all the players he wants in the summer transfer window. Engendering that cutting edge against lesser teams at home, something United so horribly missed last season, should be Mourinho’s central priority. If galling home draws to Stoke City, Burnley, West Ham United, Hull City, AFC Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion – six games that could have been won by some margin – had been turned into wins, United would have finished three points ahead of Manchester City in second spot.
This is not just an area United need to work on; this is an area that, if not addressed, would be the death knell for Mourinho. No manager at Old Trafford can go two seasons without finishing in the Champions League spots.