After wiping my tears away at the thought of not being able to watch blockbuster European nights at Old Trafford, I decided there was no point in looking back on at David Moyes’ brief tenure at the club. I’ll always be thankful to the man who worked tirelessly and to his utmost best to live up to the legend that is Sir Alex Ferguson.
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Messi,Suarez,Hummels and at least a dozen more word class players have been linked with United throughout the week, but the reality at the end of it is not as glamorous – travel to Loftus Road. One of those tricky away games when the home crowd will buzzing, getting behind their team in full belief of winning all the points.
It will be Devils against Saints, when United entertain Southampton this Sunday. One could argue that the nicknames have even transpired into the two clubs transfer policies – with United spending heavily on world class players, while Southampton brought cheap European talent.
Saturday’s 3-0 win over Hull City may have been United’s most complete performance of the season, and the hard-fought 2-1 victory over Stoke last night may even have resulted in Louis Van Gaal cracking a smile and looking as though he is enjoying life in Manchester, but it came at a big price.
What a spectacular weekend for Manchester United. The slow but sure resurgence took another leap forward in London, where the club took three vital points in a strange but satisfying 2-1 victory over an Arsenal team that just can’t seem to get anything going. For those who missed it, or those who simply want to read more about a great win, here are my five main thoughts on the match.
The sides which have enjoyed trophy laden seasons through the years amongst some turbulent times: Manchester United and Liverpool will face off in a much awaited North West derby encounter at Old Trafford in a couple of months time.
Imagine going to the Theatre of Dreams with a good friend and watching the Red Devils play the Eagles from VIP seats, sipping champagne and eating canapés! You could be there.
The David Moyes experiment was a disaster from start to finish, with only a few moments of joy. Inevitably after failing to secure transfer targets in the summer of 2013, it was going to be a struggle. Failure of progression causes stagnation, and missing out on key targets was a major problem.
Learning invaluable lessons from the mistakes made during a rather forgettable 2013/2014 season should provide Manchester United with the best foundations to re-assert themselves in the Premier League. Life without Sir Alex Ferguson was always likely to be difficult, but few expected the former champions to struggle in the manner that they did, on and off the pitch.
Louis van Gaal couldn’t have wished for his reign as Manchester United manager to have got off to a better start but, amid all the tentative pre-season optimism around the club, it is wise to remember that the Dutchman’s work has barely begun.