What are our expectations of United this year?
In years past, for as long as most of us can remember, the premier league championship was always what was expected of Manchester United. After last season’s disaster, where do United fans see our club finishing?
I believe that United absolutely need to finish in the top 4 in order to reestablish themselves once again as one of the strongest clubs in the premiership. Given last seasons results and United’s first opening day loss at home since 1972, one thing in the premier league is clear: respect must be earned, it isn’t given. The players themselves, of course, are setting their sites high and on the prize, just as all professional athletes should.
Behind newly appointed captain Wayne Rooney, United’s current players are going to have to approach this season hard and with a purpose – which is winning the premier league once again and earning back their fear factor that has been absent from the team since last season. All of the players are really enjoying how Louis van Gaal is implementing his footballing philosophy and how the new manager approaches the game. LVG possesses all of the qualities that United need in order to achieve this season.
Analysts, reporters, and faithful alike all have their own opinions on where United should finish come the end of the premier league season. Although everyone’s opinion is important, one man who has not set a specific target for the end of hid season is van Gaal, whose opinion is ultimately the most important one of all.
It makes sense van Gaal hasn’t came out and stated where he wants United to finish this season. By not saying anything on the subject, he isn’t setting himself up for disappointment. However, after losing 2-1 against Swansea City, van Gaal did say that he never said United were going to win the league because he needed “better players”. United legends Paul Scholes and Gary Neville have also written off United’s chances of hoisting the trophy at the end of this season, emphasising that the current squad at van Gaal’s disposal doesn’t possess the quality or the depth to finish this season on the top.
Before the transfer window, sources close to United basically guranteed 6 or 7 new signings this summer, as United were going to completely overhaul their squad. With just a couple weeks remaining in this transfer window, United have made the fewest signings of every premier league club. I mean I understand van Gaal will only buy players when he sees that they’re absolutely necessary, but come on Ed! United are clearly in dire need of top quality central defenders and central midfielders. Get the job done.
Most of this summer has been nothing but speculation, keeping many fans glued to up-to-the-minute transfer news sources. Although there is certainly action going on behind the scenes at Old Trafford, its time United complete the signings of a couple quality players.
With Vermaelen going to Barcelona because van Gaal did not want to complete a swap deal involving Chris Smalling, apparently the manager’s attention has shifted to Sporting Lisbon and Argentine defender Marcos Rojo AS Roma’s Moroccan defender Medhi Benatia.
Prolonged transfer sagas involving both Arturo Vidal and Angel Di Maria must surely end soon, with the best case scenario being both players’ arrival before the transfer window closes. The arrival of both names plus one or two defenders will surely change the minds of those who believe United won’t break the top 4.
I believe that no matter who United bring in before this transfer window closes, they will no doubt finish top 5. With one or two additions at the minimum, United will break the top 4. If Woodward can’t bring in the players he needs to this summer, there is also the January window if need be.
Hopefully we can bring in a couple more players and consistently play the attractive brand of football we love to see. United have a proven world-class manager at the helm, and under his lead, I see United finishing 3rd this season.