The Manchester United Red Devils had a slower start to the season than they had hoped for. Granted, they did win the F.A. Community Shield versus Wigan Athletic, but they also have one of the toughest starting schedules in the Barclays Premier League. However, neither the team nor the fans think that’s a valid excuse. Manchester is the best team in the Premier League, ranking in the top three every season since 1991.
Manchester was held to a disappointing 0-0 draw with Chelsea at Old Trafford, which is one of the most difficult stadiums for opponents to travel to. Therefore, the draw on paper is really a loss for Manchester and a win for Chelsea. This poor performance was then followed by a devastating away loss to Liverpool. The team doesn’t look bad, they don’t looked rattled by the media throwing speculation around, but they just aren’t producing goals. They haven’t scored a goal in over 180 minutes of playing time. For a squad that ran away with the league last year, it’s almost unbelievable.
The Red Devils aren’t out of the woods yet. Wayne Rooney suffered an accidental blow to the head gashing his forehead open in practice. Head coach David Moyes expects Rooney to be out for a couple of weeks while he heals with a few stitches. This will keep him off the pitch for not only Manchester, but also for England.
This coming Friday about a dozen players will be representing their countries in World Cup Qualifier matches. As always, Manchester stars such as Michael Carrick, Patrice Evra and Robin Van Persie will be risking injury by taking the pitch in these qualifying matches. This could pose another issue for Manchester if one of their starters gets injured during international play.
The next match for the Red Devils is Sept. 14 at Old Trafford versus Crystal Palace. This should be an easy game for Manchester. However, following that they begin Champions League play with a home match against Bayer Leverkusen. Champions League play is never a guaranteed win for any team, especially after the Red Devils lost last year due to a controversial red card on Nani against Real Madrid. Then they will travel to Etihad stadium to face Premier League title contenders Manchester City, who finished second in the league last season. This will be followed by a home match versus Liverpool, and they most certainly will be hoping for a different result this time.
After destroying the competition last year in the league and with the departure of legendary coach Sir Alex Ferguson, much pressure has been put on the Red Devils to see how they will handle the start to this season. Without the ability to sign a major player in the transfer window and their lack of production on the pitch, fans are starting to worry about the former champions. Let’s hope they can bounce back and get some points in the month of September.