Manchester United – The Dark Horses in the EPL title race?
Manchester United lifted the Barclays Premier League in the 2012-13 season with 89 points. Robin van Persie who was leading the line back then scored 30 goals that season as Sir Alex Ferguson left the Old Trafford only after lifting his last trophy. The club has since not managed to give the faithful anything to cheer.
For two seasons, the Red Devils have gone trophyless and have been unsuccessful to a large extent. David Moyes could only take United to a 7th place finish in the 2013-14 season and was replaced by Louis van Gaal. The tactical mastermind did not start his stint well, but United finished 4th in the table in the 2014-15 season.
The Dutchman bought the club back into the Champions League and started the new Premier League season with some good results. Van Gaal broke the bank and spent enormous amounts to bring some of the best talents from around Europe to the club.
Schweinsteiger and Memphis Depay some of the big name signings that came into the club this season and have already shown some promise in the short span. Youngsters like Darmian and Martial have also made their mark as United now have a very balanced look to their squad.
However, it is not easy to be consistent in the Premier League as Louis van Gaal learned last season. The League is just 6 matches old and it may be too early to look at the title contenders, but United have all the makings of a Champion side.
The Red Devils started their Group stage of the Champions League with a loss against PSV but have fared well in the Premier League. The club has tasted just one defeat in six games. Swansea City is the only team to have beaten United so far this season. The Manchester Club is now placed 2nd in the table after six games with 13 points from six games.
Louis van Gaal has finally been able to implement his methods with the United squad as the team look brighter in their game compared to the previous seasons. They have some great depth in the squad and the club looks all equipped to compete not only for the League but also in other competitions.
Chelsea, the defending Champions have not started their campaign well along with Arsenal who also have a lot of work to do. Liverpool, United’s bitter rivals have also started poorly and are far from competing for the title. So in this season, the Manchester Club has a great chance of not only bettering their previous seasons performance but also giving a realistic scare to their city rivals Manchester City who sit pretty at the top of the table.
However, the going gets tougher for the manager as Manchester United face City (H), Arsenal(A) and Everton(A) in their next four games. But if the club can come out of this tricky period with some good results, they may well be on the course to a dramatic title journey this season. Though it is hard to say this about a club like United, they are indeed the Dark Horses of this season as a Title challenge is well within reach of this squad that is in its transition period.
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