Five things Manchester United must do to win the Premier League

first_imgManchester United were one of the favourites for the Premier League title a month ago but a run of no wins in six Premier League games has left them in sixth place and nine points off the top.Leicester still don’t seem to be falling away, Arsenal and Manchester City are going from strength to strength and Tottenham have shot up the league to emerge as genuine contenders.United meanwhile have stalled so badly that Louis van Gaal is being portrayed as a dead man walking as the shadow of Jose Mourinho looms large over Old Trafford.However, with the unpredictability of the Premier League this season, a run of three successive wins will put the Red Devils firmly back in the title frame.But what do the 20-time champions need to do to be in with a chance of lifting title number 21 in May? Click the arrow above, right, to see the five areas that are in most need of addressing.  5 Express yourselves – Van Gaal needs to remove the shackles put on his players and allow them to express themselves. Anthony Martial needs to be allowed to run at players, Wayne Rooney is at his best when he is running wherever he likes and the team as a whole is more dangerous when looking for a shot rather than a pass. Do not be afraid to ‘Attack! Attack! Attack!’ – It has been a rarity under Van Gaal, but against Chelsea on Monday night Manchester United showed glimpses of the side that Sir Alex Ferguson built. Yes, they did not win but they exploded out of the blocks, hitting the woodwork twice within the opening 15 minutes and finally got bums off the Old Trafford seats. Bring back exiled young talents – Transfers are always a tough prospect in January with clubs hiking up the prices of players but Manchester United do have options to bring back players who are out on loan. Adnan Januzaj has barely played at Borussia Dortmund and could provide a good alternative to the flailing Memphis Depay. Similarly James Wilson, who has scored twice in six games for Brighton in the Championship, could provide the raw pace off to stretch games late on. 5 Ditch the two holding midfielders – Van Gaal needs to forget about playing two holding midfielders for all games, especially against so-called ‘lesser’ Premier League sides. Bastian Schweinsteiger has been disappointing and Michael Carrick’s powers are diminishing. Playing Ander Herrera alongside Morgan Schneiderlin would inject some much-needed running and dynamism to the Red Devils midfield. Explore the January transfer window – There are a lot of places where United need to strengthen, but the priority has to be attack. However, with Europe’s top talents still in the Champions League, Van Gaal would have to turn to players such as Leicester’s Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez or Southampton’s Saido Mane. Alternatively, the club could attempt to lure one of Real Madrid’s unhappy stars, but it is likely a transfer of this magnitude will have to wait until the summer. 5 5 5last_img read more