For many years if you think of the English game,you think Manchester United first and foremost. I refer to the Ferguson era were there was so much success domestically and some in Europe too.
It got to a point where players who left the footballing peak of a club like Madrid only saw United as a club of virtually equal reputation they can play for.
Today we are in the post-Ferguson era and United are way below their previously dizzying heights. Even in their own City another club– Manchester City– have been the better team for at least 5 years.
This season a new coach was hired to lead them and find solution to their below-par performances, as they finished 6th in the EPL last season, a staggering 11points behind 5th placed Arsenal.
This season began with "same old,same old"– unimpressive displays. It was losses in their first two matches to Brighton and Brentford respectively. It looked a team going downhill. Now during this time the Ronaldo saga was on. He was excused for much of the pre-season and he finally came back only to request to leave because he wanted to play Champions league football. This request didn't go down well with the club heirarchy as my Scorum post– Ronaldo Exit,Story line enumerates.
This whole scenario was a real distraction to the United team,but the gaffer stepped in after that second loss and used a hard-line approach to things,insisting on a new regiment of hardwork, togetherness and commitment by the dressing room. The players tagged along and since then there has been marked improvement in their performance.
The window is closed in England and most of Europe, Ronaldo hasn't found a club willing to take him yet, so that should make him settle down to things at United.
There was the huge signing of Casemiro from Real Madrid,arguably the best defensive midfielder in football now. The long drawn desire of Erik ten Hag for his former player at Ajax, Antony,was resolved and the Ajax player has been finally signed by United. He is a very skillful attacking player,he starrs usually at the right wing,though he is predominantly left-footed,an area of need for United.
So there's no reason why United shouldn't be upbeat about their season. Firstly,Antony was bought for a huge sum of about €100m, that shows a heirarchy willing to back the coach. Secondly there is hardly any weakness in that side now. The midfield is water-tight,the defence is working well now,the attack to is firing. Maybe people will say Rashford in the middle is a weakling, however the wingers around him are terrific goal scorers too– Sancho,Martial,Antony and Ronaldo.
Congratulations to the United camp, I think they have remodeled for a great season ahead.