One-time Manchester United striker, Diego Forlan, believes his former team are ‘real contenders’ for the Premier League title in the coming season under Jose Mourinho.
United’s former head coach, Louis van Gaal was sacked after finishing outside the champions league spots.
The Portuguese, with the resources at his disposal, immediately strengthened his squad with the likes of Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and more recently, Paul Pogba.
Mourinho’s team are already showing great promise after they tactically dismantled champions Leicester City on Sunday to secure the community shield trophy.
Manchester United will be without Champions League commitment this season, and Forlan, who spent two-and-a-half years at Manchester believes this absence will be an added advantage for his former club.
“As soon as Jose Mourinho was given the job, I knew that he was the right man for Manchester United,” Forlan was quoted saying.
“They have had a few seasons which their fans will not have been used to and it was going to take a coach of Mourinho’s experience and influence to guide the club back to where they are expected to be.
“Manchester United looked a long way off winning the title last season and, even with Mourinho in charge, I thought this would have to be a year of transition for them, but now I am not so sure.
“They have signed very well, and if they manage to also sign Pogba, I think they can be real contenders.”
“They have no Champions League football next season, and I am sure Mourinho will use the Europa League as a chance to develop the youngsters at the club.
“Like Leicester last season they can give their big players a week’s rest between games, and that could make all the difference for them.”