Past decades had been glorious for Manchester United, starting with sir Alex Ferguson era and well it likely ended with sir Alex retiring in 2013. being appointed as manager of Manchester united in 1986 when united were 21st in the league standings, he won the league 13 times and a total of 38 trophies including UEFA champions league title twice. but since Fergie retired in 2013, Manchester had struggled to gain their form or glory. they haven’t won any major trophy in recent years after their 2013 premier league title win.
Manchester united have a rich history of long term managers, first, it was sir Matt busby, who managed Manchester for 24 years. than 27 years of Alex Ferguson but after sir Alex, nobody has been given the chance to nourish united team. sir Alex appointed David Moyes from Everton FC as his successor but he failed to perform and had to go in a year. in 2014 FIFA world cup after the great performance by Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands team, Ed Woodward gave LVG the job to get them back to winning days, but united were never able to stay on top more than 2 weeks. given time of 2 years, LVG was sacked due to continuous failure and the special one came in, Jose Mourinho as a new hope with winning attitude. but after 16 league matches this season, Jose is having a bitter record than LVG and MOYES both. no doubt Jose is a world class manager, one of the best in the game of football, and sure LVG was too, but they failed to show an instant impact on the team. David Moyes finished 7th his season, Van Gaal finished 4th in his first season, and 5th in the second season and were forced to play Europa league in place of UEFA champions league, now with Jose too united are at 6th place. continuously changing managers, less chemistry between team and managers and many of reasons are there. but still Jose is doing his thing, Manchester has lost only 1 match in their last 11 league games, hope is still there.
ed woodward has spent huge money on new signings in recent years, well after sir Alex’s departure , they have spent a whooping £460 million in new signings, most of them to be flop later . in 2014 lvg bring in Angel Di Maria as most expensive player in premier league history with a price tag of £59.7 million but he failed to perform on field and spent most of time on united bench, later left for PSG for £44 million. Falcao with £46 million price tag was another flop signing of 2014 who couldn’t perform even the shadows of what was expected and left for Chelsea following year.
United failed to sign any big name in 2015 , but managed to buy Anthony Martial as most expensive teenager player ever, and he was only signing of 2015 who was able to perform on the grounds. Lvg bring in Memphis depay from PSV , The highest scorer that year of dutch league , but he too failed in Manchester and now can be seen only on bench.Even Bastian Schweinsteiger with his rich history of titles at Bayern Munich , was forced to play for united under 23 team.
After 2 seasons , and spending £261.7 m in transfers (USD 326m) LVG was sacked by ed.
Jose signed 4 players in his first transfer window , Paul pogba with a world record signing fee of £89 m from juventus , zlatan ibrahimovic as a free transfer from PSG ,Henrikh Mkhitaryan for £26m from borrusia Dortmund and Eric Bailly for £30m from Villarreal. Now this looked liked a squad which could set a challenge for the league title, but pogba hasn’t shown any glimpse of the player he was at juventus last year, Eric is hell of a defender , he set a strong defense with united back line , but he has been out for months due to injury. Zlatan scores , as always , but he is 35 now and you can’t build a team around him . Henrikh was on bench whole time till now , but been playing for last 3 matches and scored too. Jose always praises him as patient and skillful player, and he is for sure.
So these up and downs in united squad has kept them apart from reaching the top and we do wish they fix it soon.
Manchester United had a great squad, Alex Ferguson build it in years from united academy graduates likes of Ryan giggs , Paul scholes , who went to become united legends , and other great signings like Wayne Rooney , Cristiano Ronaldo , vidic , Ferdinand and the list goes on. In 2012 Alex bought Robin van persie from arsenal , who won 2013 premier league title almost single handedly.
In 2013 , united had a sqauad with the likes of Patrick evra , Rio Ferdinand , Ryan giggs , Paul scholes, Wayne Rooney, Nemanja Vidić , nani, Robin van persie when united last won the league. After sir Alex , these players retired too, some others went off. David Moyes bring in Juan Mata and fellani for midfield with Rooney , persie and welbeck leading on front. But the team was never same with all new problems . Robin van persie lost his scoring charm and sent off to Fenerbahçe fc in Turkey . Rooney was wasted by continuously changing roles and was shifted to midfield instead of attack by van gaal .
One thing is sure that Manchester united can’t build the same squad they had , changes are to be accepted.
Manchester united used to play game with passion , they had their strengths. Game was never lost till last minute , they were popular over globe for late match winners. Now despite having great players in the team ,united aren’t feared on field , there is no winning attitude left , they are said to be playing boring football . In 2015 , united were not even able to score 50 league goals , which is their worst record in history . but let say past is past , after half of the season united are 6th on the league and every Manchester united fan wants their winning days back in 2nd half of the season.
Well they say right, “Form is Temporary, Class is Permanent. ” and united sure have class . Let’s just wait and watch what is left for the future.