Manchester United will head into the upcoming season eager to prove to their fans that they can challenge for major trophies.

The Red Devils haven’t claimed any silverware since their success in the 2016/17 Europa League and that simply isn’t good enough for a club of their stature.

However, the signs were more promising last term, with the club finishing third in the Premier League and progressing to three semi-finals.

Read on as we look at the latest state-of-play at Old Trafford and assess what the new season may have in store for United.

The Messi Conundrum

The biggest football news this summer was undoubtedly the announcement by Lionel Messi that he wants to leave Barcelona.

The 33-year-old has become increasingly disillusioned at the Nou Camp and a move to the Premier League could be on the cards.

United have already been linked with the Argentinian forward, although a move to Manchester City appears to be the most likely outcome.

Messi’s arrival at Old Trafford would be a huge statement of intent by the club, but Betway rate City as big favourites to sign him.

United Win van de Beek Race

Donny van de Beek has agreed personal terms with United and is set to complete a £40 million move to Old Trafford by the end of this week.

The 23-year-old has been linked with a plethora of top clubs after establishing himself as a key part of Ajax’s midfield over the past few seasons.

His ability to operate in numerous roles makes van de Beek an attractive proposition and he looks ideally suited to the Premier League.

The Netherlands international will compliment United’s existing midfield options and they could be worth an interest with Betway to win the title this season.

Defensive Issue Yet to Be Resolved

United desperately need to buy a top-class centre-half this summer if they are serious about challenging for silverware next season.

Harry Maguire is nailed on to fill one of the roles, but none of United’s other alternatives are up to the job of partnering him on a regular basis.

RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano continues to be linked with United, although whether they can beat Bayern Munich to his signature is debatable.

United are in the running to sign Milan Skriniar from Inter Milan and the Slovakian possesses all the attributes United need.

Expectations High Ahead of New Season

Signing Messi would spark a huge clamour for tickets for United’s home games and their odds with Betway to win trophies would tumble if they can agree a deal.

However, Liverpool and Bayern Munich showed last season what can be achieved with well-organised teams and United fans shouldn’t fret if Messi goes elsewhere.

The addition of van de Beek improves United’s midfield options and if they can purchase a quality centre-back they could be in business.

Third place and three semi-finals were a step in the right direction last season, but 2020/21 must be the year where silverware finds it way back to Old Trafford.