Manchester United have been a huge club over the years. They have won trophies almost every season, beating their fierce rivals year after year. So, will they be crowned champions again? How far will they make it in the Champions League? Here’s a preview for an exciting season awaiting us.
What a season that was. Manchester United were close to a treble last term but could just win a single trophy in the end. But that trophy was too sweet for United as they knocked Liverpool off their perch by wining their 19th league title to be crowned the most successful club in England domestically. It was Manchester United’s 12th Premier league title. Manchester United were also close to their 4th Champions League title but they lost to arguably the best club on the planet right now, Barcelona in the finals. They reached the semi-finals in the FA Cup losing to their old rivals Manchester City, and were knocked out of the Carling Cup losing to West ham United by 4 goals to nil at Upton Park. But still it was a season to remember for Sir Alex ferguson and his side.
Manchester United have signed 3 players in this transfer window already, with Dutch Maestro Wesley Sneijder too reported to join soon. The signings include Phil Jones from Blackburn Rovers for a reported fee of around 16mn – a good centre back who can play as a defensive midfielder as well, Ashley Young from Aston Villa for 15mn – a quick wide player who can play on both the wings, and Spanish U-21 goalkeeper David De Gea from Atletico Madrid for an huge price of 20mn – bought in as a replacement for the retired Dutch number one Edwin Van Der Sar.
Manchester United have lost 8 players in the last 6 months or so out of which 3 of them were to retirements. Gary Neville announced his retirement midway through last season. The Right-back just couldn’t carry on owing to poor fitness. 40 year old Goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Sar and influential midfielder Paul Scholes both announced their retirement at the end of last season after the Champions League defeat to Barcelona. Defenders Wes Brown and John O’Shea were both sold to Sunderland. Tiago Bebe is sent on loan to Besiktas for a season long loan, whereas Owen Haregreaves ran out of contract at United and is now a free agent. And last but not the least, Gabriel Obertan has joined Newcastle United for an undisclosed fee. The 22 year old French winger was signed from Bordeaux in 2009 and had a torrid time making into the first eleven owing to the competition for places.
Manchester United visited the United States of America for their pre-season tour. Apart from local teams, the Reds also faced Barcelona in a rematch of their Champions League Final, this time avenging their defeat by beating the Catalans 2-1. The tour was a success as the Reds amassed an astonishing 20 goals, conceding just 3 in the 5 games they played. Their top-scorer was Wayne Rooney with 4 goals.
Most Important Player:
It is very difficult to know who is the most important player for United as they have a massive squad with no dearth of talent. Nani, Young, Vidic, Ferdinand, Berbatov and the list just goes on. Every player brings his own utility to the team. But there is one player who always stands out — Wayne Rooney. Rooney was their highest goal scorer in Pre-season tour, and though he was not at his best last season, he is a true match winner. He can win you games at any given time on any given day. He certainly is the man to watch out for.
Manchester United are known to employ the traditional and widely popular 4-4-2 formation, but can play with a 4-4-1-1 formation as well with Dimitar Berbatov/ Javier Hernandez their main striker and Rooney popping in behind them. The defense won’t see much change either with Evra and Rafael the two full-backs and Rio and Nemanja at the heart of the defense. New boy De Gea will guard the goal. Coming to the most troubling part, which sure is giving Sir Alex a big headache, is their midfield. After the retirement of Scholes, additional responsibility has been put on the shoulders of Michael Carrick. He along with Anderson, Fletcher, Giggs and Cleverly are expected to fight it out for a place in the center of the park. Young, Nani, Park and Valencia will compete for a place on the flanks.
What should be their Target?
Okay then, Manchester United were close to winning the FA cup and the Champions League last season. They would be expecting themselves to do better this time around given their recent signings. Their 1st target will be, of course, to get the 20th league title. Next would be to win the Champions League and also have good outings in the FA and Carlings Cups.
So, here we are. Manchester United look set for another season. I expect them to win atleast 2 trophies next season. What do you expect from United?