After a desolate 2013-14 season under David Moyes, where they failed to qualify for the European Tournaments, Manchester United changed their manager and Louis van Gaal was appointed. He bought the team back to Europe with a fourth placed finish and added remarkable quality to the squad over the summer.
They have the likes of Depay, Schweinsteiger etc in their ranks this season and are one of the strongest squad’s this season in Europe. They have started their domestic campaign well with 5 wins from 8 games. They are in the 3rd place just 2 points away from the top spot. They have played some good football in some matches and the fans have started to believe that the two-year trophy drought will come to an end this season.
But do the Old Trafford club have what it takes to add to their silverware this season? Read on to find out.
Louis van Gaal was successful in holding David de Gea back in the summer and has already reaped its benefits. De Gea has been exceptional at times and has already provided his team with more than just a point. In front of de Gea is where the problem lies for the Red devils. They have not been a solid group at the back and the manager has not been able to field the best centre back pairing for a long time.
Daley Blind has shown some signs of nervousness and not being a natural centre back will hurt United in the big games if they continue to play him. They also have a problem in the flanks as the manager has had to use players like Ashley Young who is not a natural defender in unfamiliar positions. Darmian has shown some promise but has had to be played down the wrong flank due to non-availability of players.
This problem was exposed to an extent in their first Champions League game against PSV Eindhoven. They lost the game but came back strongly in their next against Wolfsburg in a game where they came from behind to take all three points. Van Gaal will be hoping that his attacking players provide enough goals at least till the mid-season transfer window so that the pressure on the back four is reduced.
But Wayne Rooney has not been consistent enough this season and has often let his team down. He has at times been nothing more than a spectator to the game and needs to involve more to help his team dominate the opposition half. Depay has also been dull at times and needs to find his consistency. Martial, on the other hand, has been a great buy and has looked more than comfortable in the Premier League.
But this attack has looked in-effective in games where the club failed to control the mid-field area. Schweinsteiger and company have looked below par and have not provided the stability in front of the back four. He and Schneiderlin have not bought to the club what was expected of them and they need to improve to give their club a chance of winning a trophy this season.
It may be too early especially in the Premier League to draw conclusions of what might happen in May but United surely have the look of a champion side and it will not take too long for them to live up to their potential if the manager and the players can get the best out of each other.
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