Redknapp: Give Man United the title now if they sign Bale


Manchester United is on the verge of sensationally resigning Zlatan Ibrahimovic to bolster Jose Mourinho's attack ahead of the new Premier League season, according to reports. The inconsistency that has plagued the Citizens since their rise to prominence was still there for all to see.

With exciting Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus now fit and ready, Guardiola has a second striking threat alongside Sergio Aguero to compliment the creative talents of Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane. "We are here to win the games and titles".

Neither Bravo nor his replacement Willy Caballero, now of Chelsea, made it into the top 21 goalkeepers for saves in 2016-17.

Perhaps the bigger problem was his group of aging, rapidly declining full-backs, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Pablo Zabaleta and Aleksandar Kolarov.

Slightly biased being a club I played at but always big expectation on winning a trophy. As you know the Premier League is the main target'.

City have spent nearly £150m on the current transfer window and only one of his five signings to date has not been to strengthen his back-line. This improvement could make a telling difference in the title race.

"If they survive this year, the rest I'm sure will start to take care of itself".

The 35-year-old Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals before a serious knee injury brought his first season at Old Trafford to a halt in April.

Real continue to be linked with a move for the young Monaco superstar, Kylian Mbappe, which has led many to question whether Bale would still be a guaranteed starter with the Spanish club.

The 18 conceded at Anfield may not sound bad, but it was a higher figure than all the other teams in the top six, as well as city rivals Everton.

Fourth last season, Liverpool have signed relatively modestly, adding Mohamed Salah, Dominic Solanke and Andrew Robertson to their ranks. His passing in the final third is arguably the best in the division, and he's the key to unlocking Sane and Sterling.

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At present, he does not have that one standout quick player at United and would no doubt prefer if the likes of Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford could become more consistent. In particular, Walker, Danilo and Mendy will have to adapt to the demands of their new manager quickly.

Rooney lost his place in both the United and England XIs last season despite being the all-time record goalscorer for both and he will be determined to fight his way back into Gareth Southgate's plans for the 2018 World Cup.

Expect Granit Xhaka, Fernandinho, Idrissa Gueye, Georginio Wijnaldum, Oriol Romeu and Wilfred Ndidi to be incredibly important to their teams from the centre-though not all of their good work will always be noticed.

THE MANAGER: Guardiola's under a lot of pressure this season.

Morata contributed 15 LaLiga goals despite starting only 14 league games for Madrid last season and Chelsea need him to make an immediate impact, with star man Eden Hazard out for the opening weeks as he recovers from an ankle injury. If not, the Spaniard could come under fire from City fans.

"For large spells of last season, we felt we should have been higher up in the league than we were and performances certainly warranted that for large periods as well".

"My journey in the last few years has been incredible", Sane told Omnisport.

Rather than being a platform to build on to challenge for a first title since 1961, Tottenham's ownership appears more focused on building its new stadium.

BEST CASE: Manchester City have a squad that could win a treble.

In an era before innovative social media signing announcements, clubs were still attaining coverage in unique ways, and prior to that inaugural Premier League season the Blades were thrown a Christmas party by boss Dave "Harry" Bassett.