Man Utd – Has their bubble burst or are they simply reloading?

by Dave Redden

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

I feel comfortable in saying that anyone watching Manchester United this season will agree that they don’t quite seem to be themselves so far.

The season is now just over a month old and already they have dropped valuable points with draws against Fulham and Everton and been held at home by Rangers in the Champion’s League. Granted, the Red Devils sit in third place in the Barclay’s Premier League with one of those teams mentioned, Fulham, going strong in fifth but they are already four points adrift of front-runners Chelsea and now face a tougher task in Group C of the Champion’s League.

Sir Alex always seems to look jaded these days and doesn’t put up the same intensity that he became famous/notorious for at his peak. Is he just accepting decisions and bad results more gracefully or is he ready to hang up the proverbial boots?

Rooney can’t seem to get himself fit and anywhere near his potential while Ryan Giggs has seen the yellow card twice in as many games. Evra hasn’t looked anything like his old self since his meltdown in South Africa while Valencia won’t be participating any time soon and each time Ferguson puts out a team it’s a different eleven with no continuity or cohesion in the team’s units.

When you have a squad as large and as skillful as United has you have to feel that they can and will find a way to overcome most teams in most games but they looked clueless against Rangers’ brick wall of a defence on Tuesday. United out shot Rangers, seven of their attempts on goal and five of those as the game came down to the wire in the final 5-10 minutes. Yet none of those chances were clear cut and one where you would have backed the shooter to score, more like shots from distance or a scrambled toe poke.

We all know that with their quality Manchester United will be in the top four come the end of the season but will they be pushing for a title or will their bubble have burst and we will see them struggling to make the higher end of European action next season? Those who love to hate the Reds will be hoping for the latter … or even worse, but those of us who root for the English teams in Europe know that a United team firing on all cylinders is more than a match for anyone.

The next month or so should go a long way to determining how United’s season may pan out with games against Liverpool, Bolton, Sunderland and West Brom in the league, a trip to Scunthorpe in the Carling Cup and a now crucial game against Valencia, also on the road, in the Champion’s League.

Personally, I’m torn between the two possibilities. I like to see different clubs having success but I also know that Manchester United usually represent our country well in Europe and I am all for English success!

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  • Ben McAleer

    I fully expected United to pick up 16 out of 18 points in there champions league group (as my post points out) the draw at home to Rangers is a massive blow to both the champions league and the confidence of the whole team. Without Valencia now, they are going to struggle to obtain the desired width to stretch teams at home and away. Nani is still too inconsistent to do so on a regular basis, Giggs, as good as he is, is too slow to stretch teams like he used to and Obertan is unproven at this level to do. Personally, i hope they qualify still as the thought of four English teams in the knockout stages is a very appealing thought. We have to remember though, United always ALWAYS start slowly to every season so to write them off now is criminal

  • Darren

    United start every season slowly, they’ll come good or mayb this is the season when their luck finally runs out?

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