The summer without ‘proper’ football has come and gone quickly, and United kick off their Premier League campaign away at Swansea City – an early potential stumbling block. New boss David Moyes got off to a good start in the Community Shield last weekend, and will be hoping for a similar outcome on Saturday.
After winning the title last season, bizarrely United find themselves installed as third favourites behind Chelsea and Manchester City; This can only help us though, because there is far less pressure and expectation on Moyes to succeed.
I do think we’ll be in for a tough Premier League campaign this year though, and those opening five fixtures are critical to any success we’ll have. It could go either way, if we lose all of these games then our season could be over already. Win them however, and it goes the other way, it’d put us in an excellent position early on.
I’d love to win the FA Cup this year as it has been so long since we last lifted it. The cup competition is all down to how you perform on the day so if Moyes can get his players in the right mindset, and have a bit of luck with the draw, this could be our best chance of silverware this season.
Moyes has no European experience and the Champions League will be a massive learning curve for him this year. He’ll call on his senior players such as Ryan Giggs and Nemanja Vidic for help and advice when needed, but don’t expect him to go all the way and lift the giant trophy this season. The best we can probably hope for is a quarter-final spot.
The Capital One Cup is another good chance for a trophy. Its now renowned as the competition where all the clubs give their fringe players and youngsters their game time, and our strength in depth should shine through here. Players like Januzaj, Lingard and Fabio da Silva will be keen to impress.
Premier League: 3rd
FA Cup: Winners
Champions League: Quarter-final
Capital One Cup: Winners
Pretty optimistic in the cup competitions I know, but I think thats where Moysey will have his best chance this year. It’ll take him a while to settle into the job as its a massive step up from managing Everton.
The Rooney situation certainly hasn’t helped him either, and I still feel he needs that marquee signing if he wants to give us a real chance in the league and in Europe.