Having returned to the Champions League and lifted their first piece of silverware in five years, the job for Erik ten Hag will be to repeat the feat in 2023/24.
Stadium: Old Trafford
Manager: Erik ten Hag
Captain: Bruno Fernandes
Top league scorer last season: Marcus Rashford – 17
Last season’s position: 3rd
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With a trophy and a return to the top four, last season was as successful as any United fan could've hoped. They also turned Old Trafford into something of a fortress with the second best home record in the Premier League, going unbeaten after the humbling opening day defeat to Brighton, beating Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea in front of their own fans.
With the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo confirmed, United went on a terrific run that saw them reach the EFL Cup final and even enter the fringes of a title race.
As the fixtures piled up and injuries mounted, United's form stuttered towards the end of the season, and the end was somewhat anti-climactic, losing in the FA Cup final to Manchester City.
But the signs were positive throughout the campaign, and it appears after a long decade in the wilderness, the Red Devils are finally back on track.
The appointment of Erik ten Hag was a huge step in the right direction for Manchester United, who’ve never got close to properly replacing Sir Alex Ferguson. None of David Moyes, Louis van Gaal or Jose Mourinho could’ve been deemed to have been a success at Old Trafford, and while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer put the club back on the right path, his tenure was trophyless.
Ten Hag guided his side to the EFL Cup, briefly threatening an unlikely quadruple or at least a cup treble.
While the season ended in the disappointment of losing to Manchester City in the FA Cup final, any United fan would’ve taken a trophy and a top-four finish at the start of the season.
While the Red Devils look to be much stronger with the additions of Rasmus Hojlund, Mason Mount and Andre Onana, securing Champions League football again would represent success after a difficult first half of the season.
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