Despite a falling short on their English Premier League run early in the season and finishing with no trophies last year, Manchester United has put up a consistently good performance over the couple of last years. Even the 2011 season reflected a team strong on the offense and packing tremendous talent in the midfield, and with some changes this season, Manchester United promises to deliver even more and compensate for those missing titles last season.
More depth on the defense
Surely, this was a sector where Manchester United fell short on options during their UEFA Champions League run with an injured Nermanja Vidic on the defense. Manchester United desperately tried to fill that gap and even succeeded on a few instances but there was an overall lack of consistency on the defense during that period.
And while Chris Smalling, Nemanja Vidic and Phil Jones may still be unavailable to Manchester United due to injuries, the defense has been revamped to adjust to such sudden circumstances.
Rising Premier League star Alexander Buttner, as well as Marnick Vermijl, Michael Keane and Scott Wootton are always available on Manchester United’s arsenal.
Transfer of Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie’s joining the Manchester United was perhaps the biggest transfer story of this summers and the most significant change to the offense. Robin van Persie had a productive year last season after scoring 30 league goals for Arsenal. He is also ranked amongst the world’s top 10 strikers and it Manchester United can really work towards building chemistry between Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie to give an edge to their offense.
The Dutch international striker has only started only three matches with Manchester United so far and is already toping all charts on the English Premier League.
Robin Van Persie’s addition also opens up options for the Manchester United to rotate players on the strike force, so that the offense does not crumble when a key striker like Wayne Rooney goes down again.
Stronger midfield presence
The midfield struggles have been one of the most dominating issue arising of Manchester United’s performance last season. The Manchester United midfield failed to generate the same level of attack as compared to other clubs such as Manchester City and Chelsea, who had more success at the position.
But with Shinji Kagawa on the midfield, Manchester United has automatically opened doors to more offensive options.
Manchester United’s shift 4-2-3-1 formation will also benefit a partnership between Shinji Kagawa and Robin van Persie. Not only will Manchester United emerge more aggressive on the offense, but it doesn’t require losing a limb on the defense, which will remain involved throughout the process.
Discarding 4-4-2 formation
It is a welcome change to see Manchester United too shifting from 4-4-2 to 4-2-3-1 formation which gives them a better chance to utilize other weapons in their arsenal such as wingers Valencia, Nani and Young. It will also provide a bigger attacking role for full-backs Rafael, Buttner and Evra. Also, the defensive midfielders will thrive at holding and executing attacks under the new formation.
However, throughout the process, while the offense will be moving forward, the defense will not need to take a step back.
Deeper and greater talent pool
Manchester United has certainly taken their squad depth into serious consideration this season as is evident from the talent and experinece in the midfield with Kagawa, Cleverley, Carrick, Anderson, Valencia, Young, Scholes, Fletcher and Nani, who can all earn starts anywhere else but are competing for similar spots on the current roster.
And considering the talent Manchester United pooled-in for the transfers, the picture is an overall pleasant one that sets the club to a better start than last season.
While Dimitar Berbatov, Paul Pogba, Ben Amos , Michael Owen, Matty James, Fabio Da Silva and Richie De Laet parted with the team, Manchester United also welcomed Robin van Persie, Alexander Buttner, Shinji Kagawa, Nick Powell and Angelo Henriquez.
So, overall the Manchester United seem set to achieve greatness this season, now let’s bring in some trophies!