Manchester United 2011/12 Season Preview & Transfer Overview
First of I would like to introduce myself, my name is Yusuf Khan and I have been a diehard Man Utd fan ever since a young age. Some call it being a glory supporter, but personally I fell in love with the game at the first time of watching Man Utd and h…
First of I would like to introduce myself, my name is Yusuf Khan and I have been a diehard Man Utd fan ever since a young age. Some call it being a glory supporter, but personally I fell in love with the game at the first time of watching Man Utd and haven’t looked back since. Hopefully you enjoy reading this. I would also like to say it is an honour writing for O-Posts.
So here we are, another season of the always entertaining Barclays Premiership is ready to start. Last season saw a massive 1063 scrappy, realistic and superb goals (Wayne Rooney’s against Man City). Manchester United eventually won their 19th title by a surprising nine points. The remaining teams of the top four dropped lots of point towards the end of the season leaving MUFC to continue extending their impressive lead.
The season was no doubt a success for the Red Devils with an unbeaten run in the league stretching all the way from the start of the season which went all the way until the 5th February before ending through a 2-1 defeat at the always tricky Molineux. The unbeaten run resulted in 29 games with loss. Even then, losing at Wolves didn’t seem all that bad, despite them being at bottom, Wolves seemed to be up for any of the big teams at home as they beat teams like Man Utd, Chelsea and Man City. Despite this Man Utd had lots more to boast about as they went the whole season unbeaten at home which included only 1 draw. The draw was a 2-2 results against West Brom, with the equaliser coming from a rare Van Der Sar mistake but the Reds didn’t let that effect them as they ended a superb season with 18 wins from 19 games.
Man Utd’s squad is a much different one for the new season ahead. Some of the players have retired, sold or released respectively. Edwin Van Der Sar, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes. All were legends and servants of the club. All retired respectively, Gary Neville retiring in January. Owen Hargreaves was sadly released because of persistent injuries but left with the clubs blessing. With players like Wes Brown and John O’Shea both joining Sunderland, people think the team lacks experience. In some departments we do, but within the squad players like Rio, Vidic, Rooney, Evra, Carrick and Valencia etc have been at the club for years and have the experience of winning.
With Fergie bringing in 20 year old keeper, David De Gea to replace the huge boots of Edwin Van Der Sar. The Spaniard was shaky in his debut game against Man City in the Community Shield, letting in 2 goals that he could have done better with. United also signed Blackburn’s Phil Jones, also touted as the new John Terry. Jones and Smalling have been touted as the centre back replacements for when Ferdinand and Vidic are finished. One must think why not? The two youngsters have already been paired together in England U21 duty, so the chemistry is already there.
The 3rd signing (so far) was hugely successful with Ashley Young, arriving from Aston Villa and at £16m I rate this transfer as a bargain. Young has come into the side and already settled in well and become hugely influential. He also made his debut in the Community Shield derby and it was Young who started the comeback from 2-0 down. It was his pinpoint cross that set them on their way; you can bet we will see more of them from Young. Success is again expected for the new season with the two most successful wingers in the Premiership in Young and Nani at Manchester United supplying for the two most dangerous strikers potentially in the world in Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez.
United’s squad is potentially stronger with Tom Cleverley, Kiko Macheda, Danny Welbeck & Mame Biram Diouf all returning from beneficial loans. Personally I have been extremely impressed with young Danny Welbeck. With Man Utd terrifying second half comeback against City on Sunday, one must think, what is to come if a certain Wesley Sneijder arrives?
Hope you enjoyed reading this, hopefully I will be doing a match preview for the West Brom game on Sunday, but until next time, take care.
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