Manchester United’s team feels like it may be peaking right now. If we can keep this level of performance up forever, we will be just fine.
However as we have seen before, maintaining strong form is not easy. Look at how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s initial run fell apart after a couple of injuries.
We would like to think that we can maintain this between now and the end of this season in late July, and the Europa League in August.
There is one big problem ahead of next season: We may get no rest at all.
The Mail report the season could begin at the start of September, or even in August. The report describes it as a ‘scheduling nightmare’.
Fresh legs needed
United’s players will get little to no rest. United need to act very smartly in the transfer market to try and counter act this.
The club should pursue players from leagues which have been cancelled since March.
These can be players from France (Moussa Dembele), Holland (Donny van de Beek), even Scotland (see Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard).
Even Jadon Sancho could fit into this, with the German season now complete. It may cost United £100 million, The Mail report, but he will be worth it.
Sancho now has a rest period of more than a month, with Dortmund knocked out of the Champions League, their season is over.
Start next season in style
United want to win trophies this season, but this is really all about setting the stage for next season.
We want to play in the Champions League, and most of all we want to push for a title challenge.
This successful late season form will not seem like it matters as much if we start the 2020/21 season slowly, with poor results.
The players may hit a wall at some stage, especially young stars like Mason Greenwood.
It is important United address this in the transfer window and add more quality squad depth.
We have high hopes for Greenwood, Rashford and Martial for 2020/21, but they need help too.
United can do them a major favour by signing a fresh Jadon Sancho, who can carry the team forward and give new impetus to start the new season.
While there is plenty to do yet this season, Manchester United’s decision makers have to start planning ahead now.
Top quality, fresh new signings, preferably ones who are rested and highly motivated, need to come in and carry this team forward to start next season. Other teams will improve, United cannot afford to stand still.
If that does not happen, this highly talented group of players risks burning out, because there just is not enough quality in the attack at present outside of United’s starting XI.
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