5 Biggest Positives from Manchester United's 2017/18 season
Manchester United may not have won the Premier League title but they have built a foundation to do so next year
Manchester United’s season so far has been a complete mixed bag. While United could still win the FA Cup and will most certainly finish second in the Premier League, the manner of their Champions League exit is bound to be on this season’s highlight reel.
Though United have blown hot and cold this season, a few of their players have managed to remain consistent all through. And that’s the reason why the Red Devils can now look to finish as strong as possible.
Here are five of the biggest positives from Manchester United’s season so far:
#5 Phil Jones and Eric Bailly should be first-choice central defenders next season
Jose Mourinho has always built his sides on the basis of a solid defensive pairing. This season, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly have fit that bill perfectly for United.
The Red Devils made a flying start to the season and the Ivorian and the Englishman's defensive partnership was one of the reasons why United managed to keep 7 clean sheets in the first 8 league games of the season.
The duo had managed to strike up an understanding and the benefits of this were visible in United's swashbuckling style of play during the early stages of the season.
However, an untimely hamstring injury for Jones and an ankle injury for Bailly cut short their partnership. It is no coincidence that United went through one of their worst phases when the duo was on the sidelines.
A timid display against Manchester City, coupled with back-to-back draws against Leicester City, Burnley, and Southampton respectively effectively ended United's title hopes for the season.
Having said that, the duo has done enough to stake their claim to be United's first choice centre-back pairing for next season. The Red Devils have been linked with a number of possible defensive reinforcements with names such as Raphael Varane doing the rounds, but Mourinho might really rethink if he actually needs to invest in other centre-backs.