Bookies.com reviews five reasons why Manchester United will not win the Premier League this season
Manchester United are back on top of the Premier League, and for the first time under Louis van Gaal. Bookies.com though, looks at five reasons why they won’t win the English top flight this season. They are 5/1 with Sky Bet to do so, behind Manchester City and Chelsea and odds clearly reflect that bookmakers don’t think they can challenge.
Their best player is sat on the bench every match
Perhaps a trivial one, though, there is no doubting that Ryan Giggs could easily still be playing and used to be an integral part of their title-winning teams. There will be hope that Memphis Depay can emulate the Welsh wing wizard, however Giggs’ on-field influence is definitely missed by Manchester United.
Not enough world class players
The last two winners of the Premier League title have had at least three top players in their squad. Last term, Chelsea had Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa, as well as John Terry and Thibaut Courtois. When Manchester City last triumphed, there was Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Yaya Toure, Vincent Kompany and Joe Hart to name a few.
While they have very good players, it is arguable whether they have any world class stars, the exception possibly David de Gea who has been persistently linked to Real Madrid.
Over-reliance on Anthony Martial
There is no doubting that the Frenchman is a gifted talent and can easily go on to emulate the greats. However, the danger of relying on him too much this season could cost United. With the Manchester United short on alternatives up front, they may not have any other option though.
Wayne Rooney isn’t the player he used to be
Going back to the days of Carlos Tevez and Cristiano Ronaldo, Rooney was right up there as one of the best players in the world, however, a determination to try and do everything in recent years, has cost his goal haul. While he has been deployed deeper in recent weeks, he still is yet to really impress this term.
No quality cover at centre back
The partnership of Daley Blind and Chris Smalling has been a revelation, though, there is simply aren’t enough adequate replacements. Phil Jones is promising, though going back to the days of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, Manchester United still had Wes Brown, Jonny Evans and John O’Shea as more than capable replacements.