Fear not United fans. Despite all the upheaval at Old Trafford in the summer, with the departure of the master Sir Alex Ferguson and the arrival of the apprentice David Moyes, Manchester United still possess the capabilities to add title number 21 to their list of Premier League accolades. True, United have not been firing on all cylinders in the league and have struggled against teams like West Bromwich Albion, Southampton, and Stoke City, but there have been signs in recent weeks that the tide is beginning to turn. The victory against league leaders Arsenal, although through a somewhat fortuitous goal, was one of the very significant Football results in the Premier League so far this season.
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I remember when it was first announced that we were going to sign David De Gea from Atletico Madrid for around £20 odd million and I think it was around the time of Gary Neville's testimonial just days before an all important Champions league final with Barcelona at the home of football in Wembley stadium.
At the start of the 2012/13 season teams and players begin with hope and expectations and I thought it would be interesting to review the players who least met expectations this season.
You may have seen over the weekend that four Manchester United players were voted into the PFA Team of the Year.
Two of the four – Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick – were obvious picks.
It was Frankie Goes To Hollywood who famously sang the lyrics 'When Two Tribes Go To War', on Monday evening, that's exactly what happened under the famous floodlights at Old Trafford as the Red and Blue tribe went head to head in the Manchester derby.
An understrength Manchester United beat a Sunderland side at The Stadium of Light on 30th March 2013. Nothing surprising there but what did we learn?
Firstly we learned that Sunderland are a team in crisis.
It was on a titanic February night in Madrid’s magnificent Santiago Bernabeau Stadium that, amongst the lights and flashbulbs, the red and white jerseys, and 85,000 passionate fans, one man in green made his presence felt.
At the weekend Manchester United faced one of their Top 4 rivals in Chelsea in the FA Cup at Old Trafford. The last time these teams met it was United who triumphed 3-2 after a thrilling match at Stamford Bridge.
As the buzzards gathered to pick clean the bones of the Rooney-Ferguson relationship last Tuesday night, it was appropriate and slightly poetic that the Buzzcocks rendition of 'should I stay or should I go ?' belted out over the Old Trafford loudspeaker before the team was announced, devoid of Wayne.
Manchester United have done pretty well this season. The early parts were rather wobbly but performances over the past 3 odd months have seen them move way ahead in the Premier League title race. Here, let us see at which places can the squad be improved and who can be brought in for that!
Now, where do I start? What should have been a memorable night for the fantastic football on show, two European giants at the top of their game, will be ultimately remembered for a flick of the boot and a flash of red.
Nani and Javier Hernandez both scored as Manchester United defeated Premier League strugglers Reading 2-1 in the FA Cup 5th Round at Old Trafford. Jobi McAnuff got a late consolation for Reading, but United held on.