With the Premier League coming to an end, we bring to you the recap of Manchester United‘s successful yet erroneous season.
Man United find it tough to hold their position in the top four and confirm their chances of playing in the Champions League next season. The Red Devils are being chased by resurgent Liverpool and outrageous Brighton with both teams yearning for a blockbuster end to their season.
Regardless of how Manchester United finish their season, they already have performed exceedingly well from last year. Only a few weeks back were they part of every league they were qualified for; had won the Carabao Cup, were in the Quarters of the Europa Cup, qualified for the finals of the FA Cup, and spotted third in the Premier League table.
If Manchester United does manage to hold on to the fourth position, the season will be claimed as excellent, but if they are kicked out of the top four, especially by their arch-rivals Liverpool, the season will be considered a failure even after winning silverware after 5+ years of waiting.
There are certain facts that make Man United’s season successful and worthwhile.
Ronaldo’s exit: Daydream dressed as Nightmare
While many CR7 fans had speculated club’s downfall in a number of goals after Ronaldo’s exit, the Red Devils have come to form with players like Rashford, Sancho, and Bruno Fernandes stepping up.
Most games played in Europe
Manchester United until now has completed 59 matches this season, most by any club participating in European Football. The Red Devils reached deep into the knockouts of every league they were part of. Champions of Carabao Cup; Quarter-finalists of Europa League; finalists of FA Cup.
Erik Ten Hag and his brains knew what they wanted and the team they wanted to create. They let players like Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira, Juan Mata, Tahith Chong, and Edinson Cavani make way for quality inmates like Antony; match winners in Casemiro and Varane; footballing maestro in Eriksen; world-cup Champion with a winning attitude in Lisandro Martinez.
The Manager developed a winning mentality with players and made them grind every single day since his first day at the helm. Under Ten Hag, Man United’s work ethic had increased multifold times and the movement off the ball became world-class, to say the least.
Erik Ten Hag also brought silverware to the City of Manchester by Reds after 6 long years. United’s last trophy came in 2017 when they won the Europa League 2-0 against Ajax.
The Future of Manchester United
The resurgence of United seems to be inevitable now. Manchester United has found the winning mentality and all they need to add to this is “consistency”. The Red Devils will have to continue grinding and make a few more quality signings, probably a striker like Victor Osimhen or Harry Kane who will reduce the workload on Marcus Rashford along with staging fear of the opposition.