ESPN's Rob Dawson on Manchester United, his title favourites and much more!
We sat down with ESPN's Manchester United correspondent Rob Dawson and took his thoughts on all things Manchester United....
Q. What have you made of United’s summer transfer business? Do they need more? Or have they got the job done this summer?
A. They've done well. Mourinho wanted one more but Lukaku and Matic, in particular, are good signings. Both are Premier League proven which will be important for United this season.
Q. Since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement Manchester United have never really threatened to challenge for the Premier League title. Bearing that in mind as well as the summer they have had what would you say is the minimum requirement for a successful season for the red half of Manchester?
A. The minimum requirement is to mount a credible challenge but the aim, as always, will be to win the title.
Q. Much was made of Paul Pogba’s fee when he arrived for a then world-record fee from Juventus. What have you made of him since his arrival? Big season ahead?
A. He was on to a hiding to nothing last season. He would have to be exceptional for people to admit he was worth his fee. As it was, he had a good season. He should be better this season. Matic coming in should allow him to play further forward and add more goals and assists.
Q. Another player who has perhaps had questions marks is Anthony Martial. What should Martial’s target realistically be for this season? Do you see him as part of United’s long-term future?
A. His first target should be to get into the team. It's positive that he's started the season so well but you still get the feeling Mourinho would like him to work harder.
Mourinho had the chance to get rid of him in the summer but decided not to which suggests he is part of his plans long-term. There is enough there to suggest that, if his development goes well, he could, one day, be one of the best players in the world.
Q. Manchester United are firing on all cylinders currently. Although it’s only 3 games in to the season have you seen enough to suggest they could mount a challenge this season?
Mourinho's men have won 3 out of 3 in the Premier League so far this season
A. I think so. it feels different to last season when it felt like there was a bad result around the corner. They seem more formidable this season, but obviously there is still a long way to go.
Q. Never an easy lot of questions to answer but I’m going to ask you for some predictions!
Top 4? (in order)
Chelsea, United, City, Tottenham.
Brighton, Huddersfield, Burnley
Top Scorer? Sergio Aguero
United’s POTY? Paul Pogba
United breakthrough player? Hopefully Luke Shaw.