Title odds 2016-17 7-1
Star man David de Gea
Anthony Martial has had an excellent debut season but it is with good reason that De Gea was named United’s player of the year for the third season running. It does not bear thinking about where the club would be had the goalkeeper’s proposed transfer to Real Madrid not collapsed.
What went right
Clinging on to De Gea was crucial and United have signed a star in the making in Martial, although one would hope so given the projected £61.1 million they paid Monaco for the France striker. Marcus Rashford’s emergence, albeit by accident rather than design, has been another big bonus.
What went wrong?
More failed signings, anaemic, risk averse football that betrays their traditions, a lack of cutting edge, too many meek players, the broken leg suffered by Luke Shaw, an embarrassing early exit from the Champions League and regression on the pitch. That enough?
Lame duck Louis van Gaal
The fans have wanted the manager out for months, the players have seldom taken to his methods, results have been dismal and the brand of football even worse, bar the odd flash. When United do win, they look like a side winning despite their manager, not because of him.
What’s the verdict on Louis van Gaal?
United are likely to wait until after the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace at Wembley on Saturday before making a final decision on Van Gaal’s future. United have an agreement in principle with Jose Mourinho, but nothing has been signed.