How have the 2016/17 Premier League season's top 6 fared so far this season?
Clubs set objectives at the start of the season and 19 is a good number of games to evaluate their performance so far. With that in mind, let us see how last year's top 6 have fared this time around compared to what they hoped to achieve at the start of the season.
The ratings are done with respect to the relative objectives of the club at the start of the season, their transfer spend and performances in other competitions as well.
#6 Manchester United - 7/10
It has not gone totally according to plan for Mourinho and Manchester United. Despite huge summer transfers and astute signings, they sit second after half of the season gone with hopes of the league title slipping away.
Add to that a defeat in the quarterfinals of the League Cup to Bristol City and this has been an ordinary season for Manchester United so far. They topped their group in the Champions League, albeit a relatively easy group, and now face a winnable tie against Sevilla.
Although most teams would say this has been a successful start to the season, with United certainly far better off this time compared to last season, for a team of United's ambitions and the transfer outlay in the summer, it has been a failure till now.
All that can change come the end of the year if they win the Champions League or FA cup but for now, with the league (pretty much) and League Cup gone, the fans will be hugely disappointed they are so far off Manchester City.