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Premier League 2018-19: 5 ways Manchester United need to improve to challenge for the title this season

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2. Winning matches when it matters

Last season Manchester United won a total of six matches against their top six rivals, which is a good record to win any league season. But this stat plays down the fact that they also lost four matches against the opponents from the lower half of the table.

The inconsistency surrounding Manchester United’s results against the Premier League teams greatly affected their chances of winning the title last season.

Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League
Manchester United players reacts after their game against West Bromwich Albion

Losses against Newcastle United, Huddersfield Town and West Bromwich Albion (at home) dented their hopes of challenging Manchester City for the title. Three continuous draws against Leicester City, Burnley and Southampton further diminished their hopes mid-way through the season.

Mourinho will definitely want to make sure his team win the matches they ought to win. The overall performance of the team must be balanced against all opponents; imbibing consistency and overcoming complacency must be a priority for the coach to challenge for the title next season.