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United legend Irwin says Pogba can lead Mourinho’s men to glory this season

Date Posted,August 4, 2017

Manchester United legend Denis Irwin believes Paul Pogba will be a driving force in the Old Trafford club’s title challenge this season.

The former Red Devils left-back expects to see vast improvements in Jose Mourinho’s side – due to some exciting summer signings – following their sixth place finish last season.

Irwin has also tipped Marcus Rashford to kick-on in front of goal following United’s “over-reliance” on Zlatan Ibrahimovic last season.

“I expect Paul Pogba to be a really powerful player this year,” said Irwin, speaking on behalf of Marathonbet.

The former United left-back has faith in the France international (Image: Getty)

“I expect Manchester United to challenge for the title. More consistency is needed. We drew too many [last season] and I think more goals are needed from different areas.

“Last season there was an over-reliance on Zlatan. Rashford, I think, will score more goals.”

Irwin made 529 appearances for the Old Trafford side, and thinks it has been a summer of good business in a transfer window of “eye-opening” amounts spent on players.

Marcus Rashford will be hoping to improve upon his goal scoring tally this season (Image: PA)

Defender Victor Lindelof, striker Romelu Lukaku and midfielder Nemanja Matic have all been snapped up by Mourinho.

“Lindelof will take a bit of time but will turn into a very good player,” Irwin said. “Lukaku and Matic are good additions. Matic is a really experienced, solid performer.”

Irwin predicts Victor Lindelof will need some time to settle (Image: Getty Images North America)

But Irwin feels United will have a fight on their hands, as others battle it out at the top of the league, despite tipping both Chelsea and Tottenham to find this campaign harder than the last.

“Chelsea have got European football and Spurs are now at Wembley,” said Irwin.

Irwin expects Antonio Conte’s side to have a tougher season (Image: Getty)

“Manchester City will be strong this year and Arsenal have bought a striker which was needed. I wouldn’t dismiss Everton. It’s going to be a very competitive league I think.”

* Denis Irwin was speaking on behalf of Marathonbet, the official betting partner to Manchester United.

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