With the blockbuster signing, should Manchester United be considered as Title contenders after the poor display against Southampton?

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After a great performance in the first match of the season, Manchester United’s confidence was much higher and fans expected the continuation of their performance. But their performance against Southampton has disappointed the fans. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side levelled early in the 55th when Greenwood thumped a low shot under Southampton keeper Alex McCarthy after clever interplay between Fernandes and Paul Pogba, who added another assist to the five he notched up against Leeds.

Southampton finished the game strongest though and Adam Armstrong missed two clear chances to win it, first being denied by a fine save from De Gea following another speedy transition and then failing to steer an Adams flick on towards goal following a corner.

Ole believes that the addition of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane to the ranks at Old Trafford is a visible sign of improvement and intent to go over the line once and for all. He believes the Red Devils have improved their squad and does not see why they cannot finally end their drought.

“I’d rather be an optimist and be wrong than a pessimist and be right. Of course, these boys can win the title with maximum effort and maximum sacrifice. It feels like this season coming up is one of the strongest Premier League seasons. It’s been Manchester City and Liverpool fighting it out for a while but we and Chelsea have spent well and should look at ourselves as potential challengers,” Ole said in a press conference. 

THE BLOCKBUSTER SIGNING! 

Did anyone think that? Cristiano Ronaldo is once again a member of Manchester United. And his return has made United’s chances to win the English Premier League title even better. 

United hasn’t won an EPL title since 2013. Manchester City has won four titles in that span and three of the last four. Ronaldo seemed set to join United’s cross-city rivals on Thursday, but things changed quickly on Friday and United swept in to add the 36-year-old from Juventus.

Ronaldo spent six seasons at Old Trafford from 2003-2009, where he won eight trophies plus the Ballon d’Or, before sealing an £80 million move to Real Madrid.

At United, he scored 118 goals and won the Premier League Golden Boot in 2007/08, the season he helped the Red Devils claim their last UEFA Champions League title. 

Ronaldo becomes Manchester United’s top central forward option ahead of Edinson Cavani. His arrival doubts Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial out to the flanks and reinforces United’s wealth of attacking options in the early-season absence of Marcus Rashford.

United have a feel-good factor surrounding them at the moment. They’ve made very astute summer signings, they’ve smashed a rival in their opening game and they’ve got the fans back in the stands. 

Looking at all these, it is understood that United is one of the contenders to win the title this year. There have been only two matches so far, one match has gone bad. It would not be right to underestimate United with this team and potential. Hopefully, they will comeback in a big way.

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