What’s the future of Manchester United’s biggest rivals in the Barclays Premier League?
We look at the next step for Louis van Gaal’s team, as the Dutchman looks to rebuild his squad.
With the World Cup on the horizon, Van Gaal has been under pressure to do something in the transfer market for some time.
Now that the World Cups are over, the Dutch coach is finally looking to shake up his squad to give them the best chance of success.
United are in a very interesting position at the moment, with the likes of Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard, and Daley Blind all currently unavailable.
The likes of Radamel Falcao, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford, and Anthony Martial are also yet to return from injury.
It’s likely that Mourinho will try and keep the best players he can while hoping to secure some major signings.
A return to the Champions League for the Blues is another possibility, as are a move to the Chinese Super League, but what’s next?
Manchester United are the only team that can guarantee themselves Champions League football for next season, so they’re in a position to make some big signings.
What to look out forWhen looking at the future, we can see three distinct areas that United need to strengthen in order to have a good chance of winning the title next season.
Firstly, they need to improve their defence, as they have been the biggest beneficiaries of Van Gaal’s tactical overhaul.
Van Gaal’s philosophy of attacking football is similar to David Moyes, and United have a wealth of talent on the defensive side of the ball.
However, the biggest concern for Van Gaal is that his defensive line has struggled to keep up with the attacking pace of the league.
He’s done a good job with a number of the new signings, including Ashley Young and Marouane Fellaini, but it’s clear that his side still needs to improve in that area.
Manchester City are also in a similar position.
Despite having the likes and talents of Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling in the squad, the Brazilian’s performances have been lacking this season.
Van Gaal wants to add a strong attacking presence in the defence to bolster his side, but he’s still lacking in the defensive department.
While the likes the likes Manchester United and City have been linked with, it’s unlikely that the Red Devils will be able to bring in the players that Van Gaal requires.
Arsenal are also linked with some of the big names in the Premier League, with Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott, and Olivier Giroud all also under contract at the Emirates Stadium.
At the moment they’re also the only side in the league who can guarantee a Champions League place for next year.
Meanwhile, the other major threat for United is Real Madrid.
When looking into the Champions Cup final, it is difficult to pinpoint any one player that would be a big upgrade for Van Man City.
But what can we expect from Real Madrid in the Champions’ League?
The big players from last season Arsenal have been hugely impressive this season, as their goal scoring and passing have increased every season.
Van Gaal is also known to be a huge fan of Sergio Ramos, and he has already started the season as the club’s leading scorer, as well as leading the team in assists.
So, it shouldn’t be too surprising that Van Man United will be looking to improve on their form this season as they attempt to secure Champions League glory.
If Real Madrid can’t secure a spot in the final, Van Man will have to make do without any of the players who helped them to their title win last season.
The other big threat for Real Madrid is Cristiano Ronaldo, who is yet to play a minute of football in the first half of the season.
His goalscoring has been erratic at times, with a season of injuries and injury problems putting pressure on the Portuguese.
Real Madrid’s problems in defence could be a problem for United, as Van Gaal can look to strengthen the back line in order try and ensure that he can win the Champions league again next season and make the trophy his last.
What to watch forWhen assessing the big games in the next few weeks, the Champions, La Liga, Champions League, and Champions League Final are all key events for Manchester United.
That means that the players from both clubs will be on the pitch to see who can take them through the group stages, as that will determine who makes it into the last 16 of the Champions Trophy.
In the Champions tournament, United will face two teams who have shown signs of being formidable this season: Bayern Munich and Real Madrid The German giants have shown glimpses of what they’re capable of, as Bayern Munich have already won two league games, while Real Madrid have lost just once.
Both teams have had huge seasons, and the two sides are favourites to win the league