By Andy Hyslop
- Will Manchester United improve on last season’s fourth place?
- Manchester United go into the season with a much changed squad
With just 8 days to go until the Premier League season gets under way. We’re asking you to tell us whether you think Manchester United can mount a serious title challenge.
Louis Van Gaal has now been in charge of Manchester United for just over a year, and after guiding United to fourth place finish in his first season. We’re asking you tell us whether you think they can seriously challenge for the title this season.
We have seen quite a few comings and goings at Old Trafford since the last Premier League season finished. United have brought in four new players in Memphis, Darmian, Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin. Of them signings only Schneiderlin has any experience of playing in the English game.
While Falcao has left the club, with United deciding not to sign him on a permanent deal or extend his loan deal. Nani and Van Persie have been sold to Turkish side Fenerbahce, a team United could be drawn against in the Champions League play-off.
The record signing of last summer Angel Di Maria also appears to be on his way out of Old Trafford. With a move to French Champions Paris St Germain looking to be on the cards. Will Louis Van Gaal be happy to let the Argentinian go without replacing him or will he bring in another big name.
Can New Signings Adapt To The Premier League?
One of the big questions. When considering whether United can mount a serious challenge for their 21st League title. Must be how quick will the new boys adapt to the Premier League?
Memphis joins United having been the top goalscorer in the Dutch league last season. With he be able to continue that goalscoring form in the Premier League? You would hope but the Premier League is a stronger league than the Eredivisie but you would he can quickly adapt to his new surroundings.
Darmian joins United from Italian side Torino, and has been impressive in the pre-season game in the United States. He appears to have settled into life as a Manchester United player. He has shown his defensive qualities, which is the main reason why Van Gaal decided to purchase the Italian. Whilst also displaying his attacking abilities.
German International captain Schweinsteiger, joins having played all of his career with German giants Bayern Munich. He has joined United because he wants to experience a new league and feels that the Premier League is the place to be, whilst also embracing the challenge of being a Manchester United player. Even though he is new to the league, he brings with him a wealth of experience. Which can only help the development of some of United’s younger players.
Schneiderlin joins from Southampton, while has the knowledge of what it’s like to play in the Premier League. The challenge of playing for Manchester United is lot different to playing for Southampton, no disrespect to Southampton. As a Manchester United player, he will have to get used to playing games where your opponents will do anything to beat you. You can’t really afford to have an off day as a United player.