3 reasons why Manchester United might go trophyless this season
After a trophy-laden season, United could be looking at a relatively dry season in terms of silverware and we try to understand why
Manchester United are among one of the massively improved sides this season. The Red Devils currently sit second in the English league and enjoy their best spell in the post Fergie era. The United boss, Jose Mourinho has finally bought the winning mentality to the club and the bars have been raised at the Theater of Dreams.
In his first season in charge at the club, Jose managed to lift three trophies in the form of Europa League, League Cup and the Community Shield. The 2017-18 season was filled with promise as it was the "Jose-year" and United were tipped to win the Premier League in the Portuguese's second season in charge.
However, United have crashed out of the title race (not yet technically, though) as Man City appear to be unmatchable. Left to compete for is the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League, either of them would turn Old Trafford sparkling again.
But the road to silverware appears dodgy for the Red Devils at the moment. On that note, let's take a look at the factors which could prevent United from lifting any silverware in 2018.
#1 Not so much in the Champions' League
If United in any way manages to pull out a UEFA Champions League victory it would be simply sensational given their current form. The Red Devils would host Sevilla in the second leg of the round-of-16 next month after a goalless draw in Spain.
Assuming United do progress to the quarters, they would be up against the likes of Real Madrid, PSG, Barcelona or Bayern, the teams which are playing an altogether different brand of football. United could be humbled against these teams given their domestic shambles off late.
Jose is known for his tactical prowess but it could prove extremely difficult to get past such teams especially when United have struggled to break the likes of Newcastle and Southampton in England. At Sevilla, United managed just one shot on target throughout the match.
It would not be unfair to say that Jose's men are still a work-in-progress when compared to other elite of Europe. Thus, the road to Kiev would not be a fairy-tale for Red Devils if they are eyeing to lift the prestigious trophy.