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‘Missing piece of jigsaw needed’ – Three things learnt from Manchester United’s 2016/17 campaign

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‘Missing piece of jigsaw needed’ – Three things learnt from Manchester United’s 2016/17 campaign

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With the Community Shield and EFL Cup already under his belt and another potential piece of silverware in the Europa League coming this week, it’s not been a quiet first year for Jose Mourinho.

On a domestic front, Manchester United’s Premier League season never really got going, always playing catch-up behind Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea in the race for the title.

It became more apparent as the campaign went on that success in the knock-out competitions was the aim, and a decent run to Wembley in the EFL Cup ended in dramatic victory over Southampton.

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More success came in Europe as, for the first time in their history, United made it to the Europa League final after a run from the group stages through to their semi-final victory over Celta Vigo.

A 25-match unbeaten run in the Premier League proved to be the eighth-longest in history, but too many draws blighted United’s progress up the table and they failed to gain ground on their rivals.

Back-to-back defeats to Arsenal and Tottenham, combined with a draw against rivals Manchester City, left them just short of the top four and now eyes will be firmly on Stockholm this week to see if Mourinho’s plan of prioritising the Europa League pays off with much-needed Champions League qualification.

See the next few pages for three things The Boot Room took from Mourinho’s debut season…

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