The end of the 2016/17 season brought about a sense of mixed emotions for many Manchester United fans. Success in the Europa League secured a place in the Champions League for next season alongside two other titles in the EFL Cup and Community Shield, yet a sixth placed Premier League finish was hugely underwhelming.
However, Jose Mourinho will look to learn from this season to take his side one step further next campaign and look to push for the title race in the Premier League up against the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City, with all four clubs joining the Red Devils in the Champions League.
The Boot Room have identified three lessons that United can take from this season going into their next campaign…
1) Strength in depth in attack
Whilst Zlatan Ibrahimovic may have lead the way with an impressive 28 goals in his debut seasons, the next highest goalscorers were Marcus Rashford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan on just 11 goals for the season. Having scored fewer goals than 15th placed Swansea this season, it is clear where United need to improve.
Already linked with the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Antoine Griezmann, it’s clear that additions are likely. Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney have both endured disappointing campaigns whilst there has been a real lack of goals from midfield and defence, so expect prolific goalscorers to join the club this summer.
Such additions could really help the Red Devils to avoid the kind of points that they dropped against the likes of Stoke and Bournemouth at home, where there were plenty of chances but the side just couldn’t kill off their plucky opposition who no longer fear visiting the Theatre of Dreams.
Read on over the following pages to see what else can be learnt…