It is a time of new beginnings at Manchester United who will be starting this season afresh with a new manager, a new club captain and a new mindset hoping to improve on their performance last season. Founded in 1878 as Newton Heath Lancashire and Yorkshire Rail Football Club, they changed their name to Manchester United in 1902 and moved to their current home ground Old Trafford in 1910. Since then they have gone on to become one of the most successful clubs in Europe capturing a record 20 English league titles, 11 FA Cups, four League Cups, a record 20 FA Community Shields, three European Cups and a FIFA Club World Cup.
The Red Devils’ 2013/2014 season was not what we have become accustomed to. Man united finished in seventh position on 64 points recording 19 wins, 7 draws and 12 losses. After the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes was the new man at Old Trafford but was not able to bring anything to the club in the ten months he was at the helm.
To cap off their less than desirable season the 2012/2013 champions failed to qualify for European competition for the first time since 1990. Louis Van Gaal is the new man in charge at Old Trafford and his resume speaks volumes. Van Gaal has started off well in the preseason winning the International Champions Cup on the tour of the United States and will want that positive momentum to continue into the new season.
With regards to players he has brought in Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw; both players that can bolster the United squad as well as make an impact in their upcoming season along with the likes of stalwarts Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie, David De Gea and Juan Mata just to name a few. There are a few Red Devils who have moved on almost as part of a changing of the guard. Patrice Evra and the now former club captain Nemanja Vidic moved to Italy and Rio Ferdinand to Queens Park Rangers.
Ryan Giggs however retired from football and was appointed Van Gaal’s assistant after he saw the season out as the interim manager. The red half of Manchester will be hoping to rise from the disappointment of last season and take their place in the top four of England’s elite once again. The 20-times league champions begin their season at home to Swansea City on 16 August 2014.