Manchester United will be in the hunt for Premier League success next season. We’ve not won the league since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, and Jose Mourinho is adamant to become the first manager of the post-Ferguson era to do so.
Five years without a title – the longest drought we’ve suffered since the Premier League’s inaugural season in 1992/93 – and despite it being a renowned scouse phrase, I’m hoping 2018/19 is our year.
United know they need to improve if they want to take the title back from rivals Manchester City next season. It’s unacceptable to lose to all three promoted sides, which we have done this term.
It’s currently a fair argument that David de Gea is United’s only world class player, and it’s something Gary Neville hasn’t been shy about in his analysis, as per The 42.
So, with that said, it would be beneficial if United could add some class to the squad this summer, and with The Express reporting that Mourinho is keen on bringing Raphael Varane to Old Trafford there should be a sense of excitement surrounding Old Trafford.
Varane, 25, has done tremendously well to take Pepe’s place in the Real Madrid side. He’s at the peak of his career, too, making him the perfect target to strengthen United’s back four.
The France international is a big admirer of Mourinho and has previously stated, as per 101 Great Goals:
“Mourinho always hits the right spot. He does not need long speeches. He is precise and very direct. He was doing it for my own benefit.”
If Mourinho can use his bond with Varane to convince the Frenchman to move from Madrid to Manchester, it would be a significant step towards improving the United defence.