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There has been a lot of hype and excitement around Manchester United lately, and that hasn’t been solely around the appointment of Jose Mourinho. The Portugese, who was appointed just before the Euros has bought in a number of exciting players to the team, and is not done with it yet. It seems that the club will break the record transfer fee for the midfielder Paul Pogba, apparently, because that is how important he is to Mourinho. Moreover, if pre-season is anything to go by, then it seems the players are settling into his style of football, as the Red Devils came from 2-1 down against Galatasaray to win 5-2 in the 2nd half. The team showed a great character, and the football we played, especially in the 2nd half impressed one and all. These are encouraging signs, and if build upon, could even yield us the title this season. Here are 3 reasons why I feel that could be a very possible scenario this time:

1. The “Jose effect”

Mourinho is not a manager whom you can take lightly, and his trophy cabinet will prove you exactly that. The Portuguese has won it all, and will be looking to prove to the world that he still has his mojo after an unsuccessful stint at Chelsea last year. He is the kind of manager who will get into fights with the referees, the linesmen, the FA and sometimes, even with other managers. However, his actions will unite the fans like no other, and put an immense psychological pressure on the opponents. The “Jose effect“, in the past, has seen his teams playing for him like they are meant to defend the earth, while the man himself received stick from everyone but his own fans. However, the former Inter Milan man has always had the last laugh.

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2. His footballing style

Mourinho’s footballing style is compact but flexible. He doesn’t rotate his players a lot, but manages to get the best out of them by setting his teams up according to their strength. United have been known throughout the years for their fast, counter attacking style of football, and that could return under the man. The team has a solid core, and strong, physically imposing defenders  like Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly, pacy, overlapping fullbacks like Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian, intelligent midfielders like Michael Carrick and Morgan Schneiderlin, creative wingers like Heinrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial and lethal forwards like Marcus Rashford and the legendary Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and that means Jose has a plethora of options to choose and employ.

3. The players themselves are hungry

It has been 3 years since we last won the league, and under such circumstances the players themselves will be very hungry to bury the mistakes of the past and move on to a better chapter. The FA Cup win last season should act as the perfect launching pad for that, and one hopes this will be the start of a new dawn at Old Trafford.

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Man United keen to reinforce midfield with this 24-year-old La Liga ace

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Manchester United are keen on signing Marcos Llorente

Manchester United are keen on reinforcing their midfield by signing Spanish midfielder Marcos Llorente. (h/t Manchester Evening News)

The 24-year-old who plays for Atletico Madrid has impressed at the Wanda Metropolitano following his move from city rivals Real Madrid.

Llorente has made 17 appearances for Atletico this season , with a majority of them coming off the bench.(h/t Whoscored)

Marcos Llorente

Having started just 3 La Liga matches this season, a loan move to United could be of interest to both parties.

The Red Devils are currently short of players in midfield after the injuries to Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay.

Llorente is an assured passer of the ball and can play in central midfield in both a defensive and a holding role.

He is also an aggressive ball winner and will add much-needed energy in the United midfield. At 6 feet tall, Llorente is also an imposing presence who can deal with the physical aspect of the Premier League.

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The Spaniard came through the Real Madrid academy and has made 22 appearances for the Los Blancos.

He was a part of the Real Madrid squad that won the UEFA Champions League in 2018.

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Man United veteran agrees to move to Serie A side for £1.3million in January

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United skipper Ashley Young agrees to move to Inter Milan

Inter Milan have agreed on the transfer of Manchester United captain Ashley Young for £1.3million in the January transfer window. (h/t Guardian)

The 34-year-old will undergo a medical on Friday prior to signing an 18-month deal with the Italian giants.

Young will join up with former United teammates Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez as Antonio Conte’s side aim to win their first Serie A in 10 years.

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Ashley Young

Antonio Conte has been a long term admirer of Young and even tried to sign him when he was at Chelsea. United were initially reluctant to sanction the player’s move in the middle of the season.

With the player keen on the switch and the prospect of losing him on a free in the summer seem to have convinced the United hierarchy to cash in on the veteran in the January transfer window.

Young joined United in the summer of 2011 and has gone on to make 261 appearances for the English giants.

The veteran, who started off as a winger has predominantly played at full-back for United the previous few seasons.

He took over as captain from Antonio Valencia at the beginning of this season

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Man Utd agree on contract terms with midfielder who could be signed for £51m

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Manchester United have reportedly agreed on terms with Bruno Fernandes

Manchester United have reportedly agreed on terms with Portuguese star Bruno Fernandes. (h/t Sun)

The player has reportedly agreed on a Manchester United contract until 2025 worth £5milion-a-year ahead of a £51m transfer in the January transfer window.

The 25-year-old has played 25 times for Sporting this season and has scored 13 goals and 10 assists. (h/t Whoscored)

Bruno Fernandes

United were to make their first formal offer for the player. It is being reported now that the deal has already been agreed upon. (h/t Sun)

It’s claimed that Fernandes has been offered a deal nearing £100,000-a-week at United.

The signing of the Sporting skipper should provide the United midfield with numbers and an attacking impetus.

The midfielder has an £85million release clause in his contract but Old Trafford bosses have been working to drive the price down. The club were also open to offering two players to bring the price down. (h/t Sun)

Fernandes was part of the Portuguese squad that won the UEFA Nations League in 2019.

He has won 19 caps for the Portuguese national side and has scored 2 goals since making his debut in 2017.

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Transfer news: Man United in talks to seal £60m deal for 13-goal star

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Manchester United are in talks to sign Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes

Manchester United are ready to firm up their interest in Sporting Lison midfielder Bruno Fernandes. (h/t BBC)

The Portuguese midfielder is also keen on a move to Old Trafford with a fee of £60m being touted. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and assistant, Mike Phelan, watched Fernandes play against FC Porto on 5th January.

Midfield is a position where United are thin in numbers. Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini weren’t replaced and the likes of Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba are out injured.

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Bruno Fernandes

Signing Fernandes will not just give United options in a depleted area of the squad but also add some much-needed quality to the attack. Sporting are already in the process of replacing the midfielder and are exploring alternatives. (h/t Guardian)

United were constantly linked with the player in the summer but it amounted to nothing. Fernandes extended his contract at Sporting until 2023 in November.

The 25-year-old has played 25 times for Sporting this season and has scored 13 goals and 10 assists. (h/t Whoscored)

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