Manchester United season predictions: Depay could make them contenders

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After a season of re-building, Manchester United will aim to challenge for the title this season, but do our writers feel they are ready for the challenge?

It was mission accomplished for Louis van Gaal in his maiden Manchester United season as he managed to steady the ship, but the 2015-16 campaign will see much more expected of him.

Since making one of the first major transfer swoops of the summer in Memphis Depay, United fans have allowed their expectations to steadily rise, but where can they finish next season?

Prediction: 3rd.

Chris Linnell: Louis van Gaal has added quality and experience to a Manchester United side that finished fourth place quite comfortably in the end last season. The addition of a central defender and a striker will surely make the Red Devils title contenders.

Olly Dawes: Impressive signings made but with a lack of striking options right now, United could struggle in front of goal. Another defender is also needed before United are considered title contenders.

Mathew Nash: There has been some shrewd transfer business at Old Trafford this summer and they should be in the title fight. However, they’ll come up short.

Che Thomas: Manchester United have spent big money again this summer, and brought in a lot of quality in midfield. If Depay, Schneiderlin and Schweinsteiger settle in well, they could challenge for the title, but they are still lacking up front and in central defence, which is why I’d have them in fourth spot again. Get quality in in those two areas and they’ll be in the running.

Stephen Pickering: Manchester United have done some outstanding transfer business this summer, but now Louis van Gaal needs to get the best out of them. A slow start should be expected, but a Champions League spot looks nailed on. Key player: Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Tim Poole: Louis van Gaal wants to be viewed as a good coach but, so far, he’s simply been a man to spend big money and get the minimum requirement of top four.

Lewis Doe: Similar sort of season to the last campaign. Irresistible at times, awful to watch at others.

Michael Stevenson: Morgan Schneiderlin could be the signing of the summer but options look light up front, with Wayne Rooney the club’s only senior striker. Defensive uncertainty also means they are not yet ready to mount a title challenge.

Billy Hawkins: Solid improvements make them a threat, but squad inconsistencies will cost them

Damien Lucas: Back to something like the Manchester United of old, Louis van Gaal finally starts to show why he was brought to the club and after a good summer in he transfer market they finish second, but still by some distance to champions Chelsea, Rooney top scores.

Freddie Shires: Memphis Depay will prove one of the signings of the season, as another campaign under Louis van Gaal’s stewardship will see things star to click.

Our writers were asked to predict the outcome of next season's Premier League campaign. We accumulated their rankings (20 points for first place, 1 for 20th, etc), and created a predicted 2015-16 league table.

And here it is:



Manchester United

Manchester City





West Ham United

Crystal Palace

Swansea City

Stoke City

Newcastle United

West Bromwich Albion

Aston Villa





Norwich City

Leicester City

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