De Gea now looks a lot steadier than at the beginning of the season and his Shots against to Saves ratio is the best in the league. Manchester United will come back with a new found motivation and players such as Jones, Smalling and De Gea will now be a year older and a year wiser. Fergie doesn’t seem content on stopping there, he has also purchased the 18 year old promising attacking midfielder ‘Nick Powell’, who looks like one for the future and is busy trying to sign Brazils young prodigy ‘Moura’, he looks determined to forge one last strong team, with enough youth for his legacy to last well after his retirement.
Manchester United have begun their pre-season training in South Africa for the fourth time in EPL history, the other three times they then went on to win the league in that same year, could this be an omen for the future.
People are likely to view the negatives from the 2011/2012 season but i’m sure a different tune had of being sung, had Aguero not managed to slot home in the dying minutes vs QPR. United for most games had the youngest team on the pitch and this shows a promising future, Scholes’ return was masterful comeback and Rooney despite much criticism still managed to bag 27 EPL goals, only 3 behind RVP. United have a much smaller transfer budget and it is public knowledge that the Glazier family have left their finances in a very poor state, this has led to them no longer being able to compete in the transfer market, with the likes of super rich Chelsea and Man City and they recently lost out to the purchase of Eden Hazard. Nearly everybody in the Footballing world was certain that United would seal the EPL no problem, at 8 points ahead, with only a handful of games remaining but City obviously hadn’t read that script, most pundits identified the experience of the United players, in this kind of situation and a superior ability to do what needs to be done under pressure, a winning mentality which has been evident in the majority of the previous campaigns, however last year this failed them and many people deem the current crop of players to be low down in the rankings compared to other squads under the rule of Sir Alex. They are the most decorated English club in Premier League history. The biggest loss to Manchester United was their captain Vidic, at the start of the season, its always a blow to loose any first team regular but the fact it was their captain and rock at the heart of the defence clearly had a big impact, as United ultimately lost the title by conceding a greater amount of goals than their rivals and their inability to hold onto leads in the final games of the season, as epitomized by their 4 – 4 draw with Everton after leading 4 – 2, which most people attribute to be the moment their season turned for the worse.
Vidic is now back and United have overseen a small overhaul, as Fergie is determined to improve the squad in order to get revenge on their neighbors, Fergie thrives off a challenge and will have been wracking his brains all summer about how to compete.
Manchester United finished 2nd in the 2011/2012 campaign. Fergie has been shrewd as always this season and has been looking for bargains or ‘Market Value’ as he calls it, clearly aware of how inflated the transfer market has recently become and the ridiculous fees thrown around on players such as Fernando Torres and Andy Carrol, which are arguably over priced. Since its formation in 1992, they have won a staggering 12 titles in 20 attempts and if not the winners typically finish as runners up, much as they did in the thrilling end to the 2011/2012 campaign, which saw Manchester United uncharacteristically throw away an 8 point lead in the title race, losing twice to rivals Manchester City before finally losing to them on the final day of the season, at the final kick of the ball, on goal difference. With the exception of the 2003-2006 era, Manchester United have never gone two seasons without winning the EPL and will be desperate to ensure that of all people it is not their bitter rivals City, that deprive them of it. New transfer Shinji Kagawa was bought for a very humble 12-17 million and looks a hot prospect having scored in pre-season already, the fact that he has transferred from a team which won the Bundesliga last term, shows that Manchester United still hold their reputation and therefore can still attract high calibre players, despite a disappointing season all round, where they only won the Community Shield and rather feebly limped out of the champions league, F,A cup and League cup.
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