The title is the number one priority at Old Trafford. It’s now a ‘personal issue’ with the defending champions being number one enemy – Manchester City. Sir Alex Ferguson and his men will be reminded the agonizing way they lost their title last season for the next 8-9 months and only the Premier League title on Many 19, 2013 can help banish those thoughts. No one understands the situation better than the ‘forever young’ Scot, so you can trust him to get his players up and firing from the very first blast of the whistle next Monday night.
Manchester United have brought in Nick Powell and Shingi Kagawa. The latter will be a huge asset in the new season, he’s young, creative and has a keen eye for goals – just what Manchester United have been looking for in that attacking department of their midfield and judging by his exploits in Manchester United’s Pre-season matches, he seems to have slotted seamlessly into the team.
David De Gea towards the end of last season looked to have come to terms with the demands of the English League and I have no doubt he will be a key man in Manchester United’s title bid.
Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs are still available but with both players getting closer to 40, it remains to be seen how much they can affect Manchester United’s title charge in the new season.
Especially looking forward to seeing Tom Cleverly in the new season. Sir Alex Ferguson labelled him “probably the best midfield player in Britain, potentially” last year but the midfielder was unlucky with injuries and couldn’t really prove his mettle. He looks to be over the injuries now judging by his performance for Great Britain at the Olympics. Alongside Michael Carrick, both players will be expected to hold their won in midfield and provide a solid shield to the back-four.
With Nani, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young running down the wings, their won’t be a shortage of supply to English pair Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck, whose partnership seems to be the real deal. Not forgetting the fact that Robin van Persie could still be drafted in before the end of the transfer window, Manchester United’s attack I must confess looks very tantalizing. If Sir Alex Ferguson can get the Dutch striker, don’t bet against them lifting the Premier League title crown come May 2013. The only grey area in the Manchester United squad is the left-back position where Patrice Evra is the only option. This is an obvious area of weakness which could haunt Manchester United sometimes during the season especially if Evra dips in form or gets sidelined due to an injury for a long period.
OctopusSaxy’s Verdict: Sir Alex Ferguson’s men enter the new season as second favourites for me. They will push their neighbors hard but I doubt they can wrestle the title back.