There is no need to remind everyone that the 2013-2014 season was an absolute disaster. The retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in May 2013 brought an end to an era at Manchester United, and left fans wondering what was next for the club. Shortly after Fergie’s retirement was announced, the hiring of former Everton manager David Moyes was also announced.
Fans were excited at first about the entrance of David Moyes, who had been with Everton since 2002, and had been fairly successful with keeping the club at the top half of the Premier League table. The transfer window opened slowly for United, and there was no change what so ever until transfer deadline day, where in an act of desperation, the signing of Marouane Fellaini (AKA toilet brush) was announced. Fans were heavily disappointed in the actions of the United head staff during the transfer window, but shook it off hoping the head staff knew what they were doing. This couldn’t be further from the truth. We had an accountant in charge of signing players.
The season was a long and agonizing period of disappointing loss after loss, and the season ended with United letting go of our title to the noisy neighbours Manchester City, and United placing 7th, the lowest we’ve placed in the BPL since it started in 1992. The end result of last season was the firing of Moyes and the hiring of Dutchman Louis Van Gaal.
This year’s transfer window has so far brought the same amount of results already, with the nearly signed Ander Herrera touring the Carrington training ground this week, marking the first signing of Van Gaal’s reign as United manager. United are also targeting 18 year old defender Luke Shaw, but are encountering issues due to the fact that Southampton seem to want more many every time Ed Woodward makes contact with them. Shaw has been hinting to fans around England that he wants to go to United, leaving it up to Woodward and Southampton to strike a deal.
Other hopeful signings are PSG striker Edinson Cavani, who has refused to rule out a move to Manchester, AC Milan midfielder Nigel De Jong, full-back Bruno Martins Indi, who will be a tough buy due to heavy competition from Porto, and also PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay, who has been named “The next Cristiano Ronaldo” by German media, but is also wanted in Tottenham, as well as Kevin Strootman, who’s injury may delay his arrival in Manchester until January. Fans can expect further news on these players in the coming weeks up until transfer deadline day.
The more concerning issue for this season is the amount of players who have already left, or are hoping to leave. Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic announced during last season that they would be leaving Manchester at the end of the season, and have already done so. Vidic left for Inter Milan, while Ferdinand remains unemployed. Fans were concerned that the exit of these two players have caused the first team squad to lose a lot of the experience necessary for a team to be successful. Ryan Giggs has moved over to the assistant manager role, retiring as a player. Alexander Buttner has also departed from United, leaving for Russian Premier club Dynamo Moscow. Buttner had been hinting a leave for a few weeks now. Federico Macheda left for Cardiff City after being released from Manchester United.
Manchester United supporters can and should be hoping for a more successful season this year, with Louis Van Gaal becoming familiar with each United player who has been re-scouted by Ryan Giggs throughout the summer, in the hopes that Van Gaal can learn the club inside and out, and can work in a plan to bring success back to Old Trafford, something Moyes failed to do as after his firing it became more and more apparent United players were not fans of Moyes. Fans are less concerned however with Van Gaal, and more concerned with Ed Woodward, who seems to have trouble buying players. Maybe because he’s a number cruncher, not a transfer negotiator nor is he a good ambassador for Manchester United. Imagine being a player scouted by United, and having an accountant come to meet you. Makes a lot of sense when you look at it that way.