Blind Trust or Revival
compared to a very poor transfer market last year,
United broke the British net-spend record this year.
There are two plausible reasons for that :
First : Last season “slap” ..
Man United started last season as the reigning
champions which may have convinced them
to make no big changes in the team, or at least
gave them an excuse, On Contrary, they are
entering this season as a team who could not
even qualify to the EL . That alone is enough
to make thee owners move in hurry to “revive”
the great United and return it where it belongs .
Second : High trust in the manager ..
It’s highly probable that the huge success
Van Gaal had in the WC being its best
manager in the eyes of so many gave him
a high level of trust that David Moyes couldn’t
obtain regardless of his success at Everton.
Which of these was the main motive ?
Who knows ? who cares ?
What is sure is that Van Gaal Being the manager,
in addition to financial aspects, was a main reason
behind world-class players moving to a club which
doesn’t participate in the Champions League.
The Fear Factor
Why was the Old Trafford ” the theatre of dreams “
for united when the importance of where you
play is obviously fading with time ?
It’s one-hundred-percent a mental effect.
In the same way, having a Constellation of stars
in your squad strikes fear into your opponents’
hearts , especially the weak ones, and support
your players mentally in the hour of need. All
that can fundamentally change the result of
many matches and ultimately change the
outcome of the season. Having the likes of
Falcao and Rooney, the Red Devils surely
have this fear factor by their side. It’s totally
their choice to preserve it or to destroy it
with consecutive humiliating losses.
“Even when I was playing for Manchester United, you thought you had teams beaten in the tunnel”
– Mark Hughes
A New Galacticos ?
By the closing of the tranfer window, Man United
was subject to a lot of critism over spending
millions and draining the team budget in order
to assemble a super striking force forgetting, or
ignoring, the departure of two players who were
of the best defenders in the world at their prime
( Rio and Vidic). Personally, I can’t deny that their
defensive line is obviously than their offensive line.
However, I don’t think it’s logical to blame the
owners for that. It’s so hard for any team to get a
defence which is as strong as United’s attack due to
the scarcity of 5-star defenders and the difficulty, if
not impossibility, of making them leave their teams.
The best example for that is Barcelona. Despite their
urgent need to quality defenders and their clear
superiority over Man United as a competitor, they
could only buy the old Mathew and the super glassy
Vermalen after everybody was talking about the likes
of Hummels and Kompany. United did do what they
could do.They brought relatively young players who
are defensively good to serve the team for years .
Deep Enough ?
If anybody carefully looked at the Red Devi’s
squad line by line, he would surely find some
weakness in depth in more than one area.
Right here comes the main strength of their
squad which is high flexibility. Many of their
players can play in different positions or even
different lines. Rooney , for instance, can play
in both medfield and attack. Rojo, Blind and
Shaw can play in both defence and medfield.
This means that all these players have the
weight of two players when it comes to depth.
Also, Falcao showed promising signs of
excelling in playing outside the area for
the entire match against Leicester but,
we need a tougher test to be sure.
The Phoenix Will Rise Again
The club will gradually comeback to where it
belong. All the requirements are satisfied :
An experienced excellent manager. Check.
A young high-quality squad. Check.
Thinking about the title from the first season
is quite unreasonable with all the changes
made in all positions and considering the
more ready and stable competitors like
Manchester City and Chelsea. Qualifying
to UCL is the more sensible goal. However,
Football will never follow what is written.
It follows what is done … well usually.
Do you think Man Utd “project” will succeed ?
In what position do you expect the to end the season ?
I will probably write a seperate article talking about the team’s tactical aspects.
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