As a big Manchester United Fan (yes one of the ones that does try and get to as many games as possible) I thought it would be nice to write a blog about how I see this season panning out for us. I am by no means a professional football blogger but I do have an opinion.
Firstly last season was what can only be described as a shambles, from the very initial dealings (or lack of) pre-season and the immediate removal of the back room staff I had my doubts as to how the season would pan out, but as all fans should, I gave David Moyes the opportunity to prove me wrong, and let’s be honest I would of been delighted if he could of. He couldn’t, for me it was a comedy of errors, he lost the belief of the players and very quickly the fans. The tactics and style of football we had been used to under Sir Alex had almost been erased within a couple of matches.
The signings of Maroune Fellaini was potentially a good one, if we would have paid £20m as opposed to £27m, with this amount of spend (last minute in what seemed like a panic buy) the fans wanted to see £27m worth of player. That never happened, he was played in a system which would not allow him to exploit his height and power and very quickly became a scapegoat, harsh but he simply was just not performing.
The signing of Juan Mata (in my opinion overpriced again) was a much better buy and restored some fans faith that the second half of the season could be a good one, we were still in Europe and this was important. Unfortunately the writing was on the wall after the dismal display again Olympiacos away, the team played badly, they didn’t look to be enjoying playing with each other and it all looked rather desperate.
Skip forward a few months and we had slipped to a 7th position finish in the Premier League, we hadn’t won a cup and we were out of Europe. David Moyes has been released and we were on the hunt for a new manager – one with the vemon, fear factor and confidence to stride out at Old Trafford knowing his team were going to win.
This coming season
United announce Louis Van Gaal
Fans (well me anyway) get a little excited at the prospect of having one of the top managers in world football taking over Manchester United. He is controversial, made enemies and alienate players who don’t want to do it his way, but he has won, and won alot, and United win.
With the signings of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera I think we have solidified the squad a little, we certainly need a couple more big name signings before the transfers window closes, for me Mat Hummels would have been perfect as we need a leader at the back and he would of been able to do this and along with Luke Shaw really strengthend our defence. De Gea kept us in alot of games last year and he needs some support.
In the middle Herrera looks like a class act, young and really comfortable on the ball, and most importantly can pick a pass (was our strongest player against Valencia in the preseason friendly)! I do feel though that another top quality box to box midfielder is needed – let’s just see if we can get another one in before the 1st of September, Arturo Vidal would be great, but this seems increasingly unlikely and the Toni Kroos and Sebastian Swiensteiger not being swayed to come we are struggling to nail down this piece of the jigsaw. If only Arjen Robben fancied a change of scenery!
Up top I think we are OK, we have Rooney who I think will relish being captain and fingers crossed will step up to the plate to support Van Persie up top, personally I hope we can keep Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez. I think he has been a very patient player, and when he has had a opportunity to play he has rarely let us down. I would be happy for Danny Welbeck to go out on loan and for Chicarito to stay with us at United, only time will tell but would I be surprised if he decided to leave in order to get more minutes on the pitch? Not at all, he is too good to warm the bench, if is a fan favourite but would be wished the bets if he left.
With the new manager, new signings, new training, Giggs as assistant, and a new sense of respect and optimism from the players and fans (plus a great pre-season) I feel fairly confident that we are going to have a good season, I don’t think we are transformed and we didn’t play well against Valencia but I think we are certainly on the right track, the new formation Van Gaal plays is different for the players but will allow us to attack and create which is very important at United. I think we will qualify for the Champions League and be challenging a top 3 finish, I also think we will win either the FA or League Cup. I am not saying who I think are the other contenders for top 3 but I think it’s fairly obvious. If we can get 2 more decent signings in then who knows what may happen this season. All I know is … I’m looking forward to it massively!
Ciao for now!