As we sit just under two weeks away from the start of the new Premier League season, in which United supporters globally will be hoping proves to be a return to form after the demise following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, the weekend friendly victory over Galatasary demonstrated the potential in Jose Mourinho’s squad. It was not only Zlatan Ibrahimović’s debut goal inside four minutes that offered reasons to be cheerful, with a double for Wayne Rooney, three assists for Antonio Valencia, and another run out for the fit again Luke Shaw all contributing to a positive days work for Mourinho’s men.
Despite failing to qualify for the Champions League following a fifth place finish under the now departed Louis Van Gaal, United go into the new campaign as the 3/1 second favourites for the title with bookmakers Coral in the football odds. With the astute signings of Ibrahimović, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, as well as the imminent arrival of Paul Pogba and perhaps even a further defender, these odds could well shorten by the time United line up against Bournemouth on the opening weekend of the season. Be sure to keep an eye on Coral’s website for the full Premier League odds as the countdown to the new campaign continues.
All eyes were certainly on Ibrahimović in Gothenburg, and the Swede wasted little time in announcing himself to the United faithful. Despite the former PSG man having only trained with his new team mates on a few occasions, Ibrahimović demonstrated his potential worth to the club with the standout moment of the game. United’s new number nine is 12/1 with Coral to be the Premier League top scorer this season, and with Mkhitaryan already showing his class in the final third, the duo could well link up to great effect at Old Trafford this year.
Having made it clear the captain Rooney would not be used in a midfield position this season, and despite the England man making a slow start to against the Turkish giants, two second half goals show just what an asset he can still be for United. Mourinho’s apparent preference to select his skipper in the number ten role could well come at the expense of Juan Mata, with the Spaniard at 7/2 with Coral to still be at Old Trafford come the end of the transfer window.