5 Reasons Manchester United Will Win the Premier League
It may have taken a season and a half for Manchester United to rediscover its swagger in the post Sir Alex Ferguson era but five wins and a draw in the last six games have got Old Trafford believing again.
There was always a sense of inevitability about Sir Alex’s teams that was lost under David Moyes’ cautious pragmatism. Grinding out 1:0 victories, scoring last minute winners, exuding an arrogant entitlement that had opposing teams half-beaten before a ball was kicked: this was the Man. United of old.
After a slow start to the season, that familiar confidence is back. Wayne Rooney has rediscovered the spring in his step. The Red side of Manchester is no longer being drowned out by the noisy neighbors.
Third in the league with everything to play for and a manager who doesn’t just demand success, he expects it.
Jose Mourhino’s Chelsea has had pretty much everything it’s way so far and City showed last season that it had the legs for a strong finish.
Let’s assume that West Ham will fade. I was at Upton Park on Saturday and the crowd’s excitement was catching – oles with every pass at one point and a new song called ‘Barcelona We’re Ready For You’ in addition to the usual ‘I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles.’
But the Hammers are already exceeding expectations. Man. United still has it all to prove.
Here are 5 reasons why I believe Louis van Gaal may yet overhaul the other top teams to raise the premiership trophy.
Van Gaal always thinks he’s right, even when his wrong. His experiments with three center backs have appeared misguided at best but the Dutchman doesn’t care one ounce what anybody else thinks. He’s going to do it his way and the players have bought into the elitism that suits the club's lofty aims.
Okay so we know all the footballer cliché but any team with Rooney, Robin van Persie and Falcao has the potential to be a world beater. Up until recently, they hadn’t been scoring enough.
Falcao’s tying goal against Aston Villa at the weekend could mean he will light up the second half of the league the same way that Diego Costa did for the first half.
3. David De Gea
The best goalkeeper in the world is probably worth 6-9 points this season all by himself. Gone is the timid rookie of a couple of seasons ago. The Spaniard has been simply sensational, not just as a shot stopper but all around..
4. Michael Carrick
Without Giggs and Scholes to bully the game in midfield Manchester United struggled to find the telling pass with Carrick sidelined by injury. Hugely underestimated, he has masterminded the team’s revival and is key to the club’s progress over the next few months.
We know van Gaal is a tough taskmaster. His criticism over Luke Shaw’s pre-season fitness drove the youngster to some exciting strides before his injury. But the value of having weeknights free from European competition was clear last year with Liverpool and is benefitting United now.
Moyes unwittingly bought his successor some time to get his team selection right and it is paying dividends with the performances of stars like Rooney, who was looking tired and irritable before.
The club and the fans won’t stomach another season in the shadows but it just might propel the Reds above its rivals as fatigue sets elsewhere at the top.