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Manchester United 2021/22 predictions | By the writers

Attention. It is now just five days until Manchester United kick off their 2020/21 campaign with their Premier League opener against Leeds United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s men have completed their pre-season and while they might not be fully prepared, they will have drag themselves through the beginning of the campaign and ensure that they do not have a false-start like they did last season.

After a second-placed finish in the league, United will be aiming to hold onto that position and hopefully push on in a title challenge. While they will be desperate to improve on their performance in the cup competitions and finally bring a trophy to Old Trafford in the Solskjær era.

This article will bring you all of the predictions for this season coming from some of the UtdDistrict writers, as well as some guest writers from the United community.

We’ll predict the Premier League and cup competition finishes, the top goalscorer/assister, the Player of the Season and the surprise of the season. As well as a paragraph or two to summarise how they feel the next campaign will play out.

Let’s get into it.

Cain Smith / @cainsmithMU

Final standings:

Premier League: 2nd

UEFA Champions League: Semi-final

FA Cup: Quarter-final

Carabao Cup: Winners!

Individual predictions:

Top goalscorer: Edinson Cavani

Most assists: Jadon Sancho

Player of the season: Harry Maguire

Surprise of the season: Donny van de Beek’s improved campaign

Summary:

After a strong transfer window, United will be able to compete against the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool for the title, but will fall just short. However, Solskjær will finally break his trophy duck and win the Carabao Cup.

It will be a very exciting season from the Reds but they will just miss out on the major honours.

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Tom / @UtdCynical

Final standings:

Premier League: 2nd

UEFA Champions League: Semi-final

FA Cup: Winners!

Carabao Cup: Semi-final

Individual predictions:

Top goalscorer: Edinson Cavani

Most assists: Bruno Fernandes

Player of the season: Bruno Fernandes

Surprise of the season: Anthony Elanga’s involvement

Summary:

This season is the *one* for United, especially after the signings of Varane and Sancho. I think we’re finally ready to compete with the elite teams and expect us to do that this season.

I think we’ll fall just behind Manchester City in the Premier League but I’m expecting a good Champions League campaign and for us to finally break our trophyless streak by winning the FA Cup.

Jamie Scott / @JamiescottUV

Final standings:

Premier League: 3rd

UEFA Champions League: Semi-final

FA Cup: Quarter-final

Carabao Cup: Final (loss)

Individual predictions:

Top goalscorer: Mason Greenwood

Most assists: Bruno Fernandes

Player of the season: Harry Maguire

Surprise of the season: Mason Greenwood’s consistency across the course of the season.

Summary:

The rotation of the front line and the solidity of the back line will result in a good season, a couple of final touches must be made before a title challenge in 2022/23.

Dylan / @Dylyano

Final standings:

Premier League: 2nd

UEFA Champions League: Quarter-final

FA Cup: Winners!

Carabao Cup: Semi-final

Individual predictions:

Top goalscorer: Bruno Fernandes

Most assists: Jadon Sancho

Player of the season: Harry Maguire

Surprise of the season: Anthony Martial displacing Edinson Cavani as the first choice striker by the end of the season.

Summary:

Basically, to me this season feels like it’s going to be one of an explosion of fun at United. With the signings of Varane & Sancho (and possibly a midfielder and Trippier), our squad and the players individually should feel more security to play their best football while enjoying themselves to the maximum, which is always a certified blend for positive energy across the club.

Ali / @UtdAlii

Final standings:

Premier League: 3rd

UEFA Champions League: Quarter-final

FA Cup: Semi-final

Carabao Cup: Winners!

Individual predictions:

Top goalscorer: Edinson Cavani

Most assists: Bruno Fernandes

Player of the season: Jadon Sancho

Surprise of the season: Anthony Martial’s resurgence after a poor campaign last season.

Summary:

After the signings of Raphaël Varane, Jadon Sancho and potentially a couple more to end the window, I expect Manchester United to be in a proper title challenge but fall just short towards the latter end of the season.

United will play some lovely football in patches during the season but ultimately will fall short of winning major silverware.

Sam / @SibsMUFC

Final standings:

Premier League: 3rd

UEFA Champions League: Quarter-final

FA Cup: Winners!

Carabao Cup: Semi-final

Individual predictions:

Top goalscorer: Bruno Fernandes

Most assists: Jadon Sancho

Player of the season: Jadon Sancho

Surprise of the season: Greenwood. I think Rashford has a fight on his hands to get back into the team after his surgery.

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Summary:

This will be a very competitive season with a gap in quality continuing to form between the current top 4 & the rest. United will be competitive in the title race but just fall short, 5-8pts behind 1st.

However, after last season’s heartache Ole will go one better and end our trophy drought in one of the domestic cups.

Sancho and Varane will both hit the ground running and at least one of them will make the team of the season. Talk of Pogba’s future and the no.1 battle between De Gea & Henderson will dominate the season. Greenwood will ramp up his transition to a central role.

Nadir Ahmed / @UtdNadd

Final standings:

Premier League: 3rd

UEFA Champions League: Winners!

FA Cup: Winners!

Carabao Cup: Quarter-final

Individual predictions:

Top goalscorer: Edinson Cavani

Most assists: Jadon Sancho

Player of the season: Paul Pogba

Surprise of the season: David de Gea will prove a lot of people wrong with a top season in between the sticks for United.

Summary:

I think Manchester United will continue improving season by season, like we have done so under Solskjær, especially with the signings of Sancho and Varane.

I expect us to break the deadlock and win not only one, but two trophies this year, with one of them being the prestigious Champions League. We have the perfect squad for knockout games, and under Ole we have made multiple late runs in competitions, which I think finally comes together this year. As far as the Premier League is concerned, I still feel like we lack a few final touches to go all the way.

From the time of this writing, we have not signed a centre midfielder, and I feel like that is the make or break for us doing better in the league.

Kees van Hemmen / @HemmenKees

Final standings:

Premier League: 4th

UEFA Champions League: Quarter-final

FA Cup: Winners!

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Carabao Cup: Semi-final

Individual predictions:

Top goalscorer: Edinson Cavani

Most assists: Jadon Sancho

Player of the season: Jadon Sancho

Surprise of the season: Paul Pogba’s consistent success and ultimate contract extension with the club.

Summary:

Consistent but unspectacular results in the league see United finish just off third, and a good Champions League run sees them just miss out on the semi-final. They do manage to collect the FA Cup to end the campaign on a high note.

Aditya Selvam / @AdiiUnited

Final standings:

Premier League: 3rd

UEFA Champions League: Quarter-final

FA Cup: Semi-final

Carabao Cup: Final (loss)

Individual Predictions:

Top Goalscorer: Bruno Fernandes

Most Assists: Bruno Fernandes

Player of The Season: Jadon Sancho

Surprise of the season: Anthony Martial returning to solid goalscoring form

Summary:

Manchester United have undoubtedly had a strong start to the summer transfer window with the acquisitions of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane. These acquisitions will undoubtedly improve United’s performances and go a ways towards competing with the other Premier League heavyweights in Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea.

There is more work to be done though – United must acquire a starting quality defensive midfielder to round off a top quality transfer window. A further addition of a right-back in Kieran Trippier to replace Diogo Dalot (should he be sold) will serve as icing on the cake.

As things stand however, I see Manchester City winning the Premier League title once again with Chelsea coming in second. Without Liverpool making further additions, I believe they will finish 4th behind United, however the gap between 3rd and 4th won’t be large by any standard of measure.

In terms of the other competitions United will play in, I’m going to be conservative and say Manchester United won’t win any of them and the one in which they will go closest to silverware will be in the Carabao Cup.

It will be a season of progress, but as of yet, I’m not sure whether it will be a season of silverware. However, anything can happen and I hope I’m proven very wrong.

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