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Are the Reds having a successful season?

Manchester United currently sit second in the 2020-21 Premier League table and remain in the Europa League, but is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having a successful season?

Little was expected of United heading into the campaign, finishing last season on only 66 points, albeit enough to qualify for the Champions League with teams outside of the top two generally performing below par.

The Red Devils currently have 63 points after 31 games and a nine-point lead over Chelsea in fifth.

There are a mixture of tough games and bottom half sides to face in those final seven matches but with the chasing teams playing each other United shouldn’t have a problem finishing in the top four.

On Thursday night United host Granada in the Europa League second leg. There are some players missing but a 2-0 win in Spain last week should be enough to see the team through.

Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay are suspended, whilst Anthony Martial and Phil Jones are ruled out through injury, with Eric Bailly and Daniel James also doubtful.

Opponents Granada also have Yan Eteki and Domingos Duarte suspended and a couple of injuries themselves.

They have also only won three La Liga matches by more than a single goal this season. A semi-final place against either AS Roma or Ajax should be on the cards.

The Red Devils are also the bookmakers’ favourites to win the competition this season, with bookmaker apps that takes bets on United pricing the team at around 6/5 to lift the trophy next month.

In the other half of the draw, Villarreal have a first-leg advantage over Dinamo Zagreb whilst Arsenal and Slavia Prague played out a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium last week.

If United win the Europa League then this will certainly be a successful season considering the team is going through transition and with how strong Manchester City have been for a third successive season.

Fortunately, Liverpool have been off the pace as the defending Premier League champions.

Finishing second in the Premier League would also be excellent and help to attract further talent over the summer, both financially as well as being considered future title contenders.

Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish are notable names that have been linked to United, while a centre-back is hopefully on the cards.

Marcus Rashford is having another excellent campaign and has really excelled under the Norwegian boss. He’s still only 23-years-old too.

There have been signs in recent months that Aaron Wan-Bissaka is improving going forward. Although the 23-year-old still has a long way to go, he is already one of the top full-backs defensively.

Paul Pogba has put in a number of good performances this season too, so it will be interesting to see what happens to the France international this summer given he is about to enter the final 12 months of his contract at Old Trafford.

Luke Shaw, Mason Greenwood, Scott McTominay and Anthony Martial have all improved this term, whilst Dean Henderson has been given a chance.

United also have one of the best players in the Premier League – Bruno Fernandes.

Things look pretty good right now, but there is always room for improvement.

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