A new year could be the dawn of a special 12 months for Manchester United.

After starting the year by moving level on points at the top of the table, there is plenty of reason to be optimistic

A lot could happen in 2021 and we are going to be positive. Here is a look at three very bold predictions for the upcoming year…

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Two trophies

Go big or go home, right? No longer is predicting silverware seen as bold. United are in a strong position in the league and into a fourth semi-final in 12 months.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are in a strong position, with four trophies still up for grabs this season.

Instead of boldly predicting we win one, we are going for two. Even with a defeat to City this week, this could still be possible.

This United side is talented and full of resilience, determined to bounce back stronger from any setback.

Winning the Carabao Cup in early April could set the tone for more trophy success, just like the 2006 win in the competition did for Sir Alex Ferguson amid a previously lean stint by his standards.

Ed Woodward resigns

Could this year finally be the end of Ed Woodward at Manchester United? This would be worth celebrating for many, almost on the same par.

 

A major trophy could be what Woodward needs to walk away, and feel like his job is done, belatedly.

This summer Woodward will enter his eighth year as United chief executive. Does he really have the appetite to carry on after the way pressure has built on him personally over this time?

There are ongoing rumours about United hiring a sporting director, Sky Sports report. These persist two years on and while it feels like Groundhog Day, if it finally happens, part of Woodward’s role will be reduced.

Perhaps this is too optimistic, but one way or another, 2021 could be the year Woodward says goodbye. Here’s hoping.

Pogba stays

Paul Pogba’s exit from Manchester United seems like a foregone conclusion.

So how about we have a summer U-turn and the Frenchman decides to stay put?

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United’s progress this season could appeal to Pogba after all. United are giving him what he has wanted for so long, the chance to compete for a title.

Getting a move is not simple. United want a minimum £50 million fee for Pogba, but top European clubs may be reluctant to pay it.

With United kicking on, and options to leave slim, Pogba could decide that his best option is to renew his contract at United and kick on.

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