David Moyes’ short tenure at Manchester United has been consigned to the history books, however the after effects are still being felt. The lack of Champions League football will really hurt the Old Trafford Faithful this year, but new boss Louis van Gaal will be hoping to bring the good times back to United as quickly as possible.
Key Player: Hard one to select. Wayne Rooney needs to score more, Juan Mata needs to play in his preferred role, the defenders need to improve and stay fit, whilst United could have unearthed a gem in Ander Herrera. But for me the key man once again is Robin van Persie. We all saw in the 2012/13 season how his goals guided United to the title. With his now former Dutch national coach at the helm, van Persie will not suffer the same problems as he did last year, and his injury situation will be managed much better.
Ander Herrera – £29m (Athletic Bilbao)
Luke Shaw – £27m (Southampton)
Alexander Büttner – £5.6m (Dinamo Moscow)
Bebe – £2.4m (Benfica)
Patrice Evra – £1.2m (Juventus)
Nemanja Vidic – Free (Inter Milan)
Rio Ferdinand – Free (QPR)
Federico Macheda – Free (Cardiff City)
Jack Barmby – Free (Leicester City)
Angelo Henriquez – Loan (Dinamo Zagreb)
Ryan Giggs – Retired
Last season’s Premier League finish: 7th
Predicted League Finish: 3rd
After last years debacle of a season, Manchester United’s first priority has to be to get back into the Champions League. However, it has always been said that Manchester United are like a wounded animal, they will come out fighting even stronger, fighting for their lives. Like Liverpool last season, they have no Champions League fixtures to hinder their League focus. Make no mistake, Manchester United will be aiming to win the league and it certainly isn’t out of the question. However with Chelsea and Manchester City also strengthening, it will be a close run thing to who lifts the title in May.