With the summer transfer window finally coming to a close, both managers and fans alike will be reflecting on the business done by their respective teams and there will be few clubs happier than Manchester United, who look like they have once again come out of a transfer window smelling of roses.
Jose Mourinho has built a reputation as a manager who knows exactly what he wants and quickly identified the key positions in which the Red Devils needed to strengthen, getting his business done nice and early in order to avoid any last-minute complications. Nemanja Matic, Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku made up the three new additions brought into the club and, along with the resigning of Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a free transfer, the club spent around £170m, third behind only Chelsea and Manchester City respectively in the spending stakes.
Whilst Romelu Lukaku is the most expensive signing of the Premier League transfer window, he is also arguably the most important for Manchester United, with Mourinho looking to replace the goals of Zlatan Ibrahimovic owing to the fact that the big Swede’s future was uncertain until he recently signed an extended one year deal with the Red Devils.
The Belgian striker has made a blistering start to his United career, scoring three goals in three Premier League games, and at 24 is only likely to mature and develop into one of Europe’s most potent strikers. Along with Gabriel Jesus and Harry Kane, Lukaku is amongst the favourites with most bookmakers to finish the season as the Premier League’s top scorer, with plenty of free bet offers available at http://www.thebookiesoffers.co.uk/free-bets for those brave enough to take a punt in what looks to be one of the closely contested golden boot races of recent times.
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United are the only team with a 100% record in the Premier League after three games and their form hasn’t gone unnoticed, with three of their players being nominated for August’s player of the month awards. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku and Phil Jones are all up for the award after impressing in wins against West Ham, Swansea and Leicester, with Jose Mourinho also looking a shoe-in to land the manager of the month award.
Whilst the players and manager would no doubt swap every single player of the month award they win this season for the Premier League trophy at the end of the campaign, the nominations are indicative of Manchester United finally once again reclaiming their place in the upper echelons of domestic football and Mourinho will also surely be quietly confident of a Champions League run on the back of the Europa League success last year.
It’s also important to note that United have only scored four or more goals in the Premier League five times since Sir Alex Ferguson retired – 40% of those have come in the last ten days – and the fact that Mourinho has won the domestic title in the second season at every club he’s been at should do enough to convince even the most fervent detractors that Manchester United are the real deal this season.