5 3. United’s summer signings have hit the ground running – Not least Anthony Martial, who was pricey but has already showed why the Red Devils were convinced to cough up £36m. Indeed, talkSPORT has been told by a United correspondent that Martial is looking even better than Ronaldo did at the same age. Memphis Depay has added quality to the attack, scoring four in all competitions in just nine games, while Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin have transformed the side’s midfield options from mediocre to top class. Darmian has been a revelation at right-back, too. 5 5. Louis van Gaal is a proven winner – take a look at four more reasons why Man United CAN win the Premier League this season, by clicking the arrow above – The Dutchman has won 16 major trophies as a manager, including seven titles in Spain, Germany and the Netherlands. He’s won league and cup doubles with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, he’s won the Dutch title with unfancied AZ in Holland and he’s won the Champions League and UEFA Cup with Ajax. The man is a winner, so why shouldn’t he claim silverware at Old Trafford? 4. United’s title rivals are faltering – Manchester City started like a runaway train, winning their first five games, but have been exposed by a home defeat to West Ham and a thrashing at Spurs. Coupled with a home loss to Juventus in the Champions League, and City look vulnerable. Their manager, Manuel Pellegrini, knows his job is under threat and will need to focus on progressing out of the Champions League group stage if he is to have any chance of keeping his job, all of which doesn’t bode well for their league prospects. Meanwhile, Arsenal continue to flatter to deceive, while Chelsea are having a nightmare, already eight points behind top spot, down in 15th place. As for Liverpool, ha! 5 5 2. David De Gea is the best goalkeeper in the Premier League – Arsenal were told by John Terry that Petr Cech could be worth 15 points to the Gunners. If that is the case, De Gea must be worth 20 points, because he is the best goalkeeper in the Premier League. Had the Spaniard signed for Real Madrid last summer, United could have kissed goodbye to their title hopes. As it is, De Gea could be the difference, because he is, ahem, Head and Shoulders above the opposition. Manchester United are top of the Premier League for the first time in 770 days, which is remarkable considering the club has won the top flight 13 times since its rebranding in 1992.The retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson marked the end of an era for the Red Devils, who grew accustomed to looking down on the rest during the Scotsman’s phenomenal reign.Now United fans are beginning to dream that they are about to witness the first title of the post-Ferguson era.There is a long way to go, with just seven games played so far this season, but we’ve compiled five reasons why the Red Devils could win the league this season.Take a look at them by clicking through the slideshow above, then share your thoughts by leaving a comment below. 5 1. Chris Smalling is maturing into a top defender – The loss of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic left United exposed, after years of being able to rely on two world class centre backs. While Smalling can’t be said to be in that class, the England international has significantly upped his game and United are feeling the benefit. Keep it up, Mike!
1 20-year-old Kouassi has attracted attention from France Nice and Rennes have made contact with Celtic about the availability of Ivorian starlet Eboue Kouassi.The 20-year-old arrived from Russian club Krasnodar back in 2017, when the Hoops paid £3m to land him. The midfielder has been used sparingly since his arrival and has so far started just six Scottish Premier League games for Celtic.However that has not dampened interest in Kouassi, who is under contract until 2021.Clubs in Belgium have been previously linked with the Abidjan-born ace but now reports in France have suggested interest from Ligue 1 too.According to Foot Mercato, both Nice and Rennes have already enquired with Celtic regarding his availability and could be preparing bids.Nice finished eighth in Ligue 1 last season, while Rennes ended up fifth.Major honours would be unlikely for the Ivorian at either club, whereas at Celtic he has been part of two league title winning squads in the past two years.The defensive midfielder may be tempted to trade in trophies for first team football however, as he has struggled to make a permanent impact in Scotland.