Many of the teams competing for places in the top four of the Premier League are failing to pounce on the transition period at Manchester United, as they have struggled for consistency under David Moyes.
I write this following United’s 1-0 over Arsenal which kick started their season and began a real sense of momentum for the first time under Moyes. But perhaps more importantly, United has narrowed their gap on their competitors. They now sit fifth in the League, but only five points of Arsenal in first, and just one of Chelsea in fourth.
For years now, Manchester United has been one of the strongest teams in the League and they still are, but those around them have failed to capitalize on the club’s worst ever Premier League start.
Manchester City and Chelsea also underwent changes in management, but given the huge impact Moyes’ arrival at United was expected to make, the two have been very disappointing in taking advantage of a slow start from United where they kept dropping obtainable points.
You can add Tottenham to that list of clubs who really had the chance to make some ground on United, who are always going to be considered as rivals for a spot in the top four. It goes further than the top four, of course, as these clubs all have their eyes set on the Premier League title. But they’ve simply gifted United the chance to make up for that lost ground they gave away early on. United’s win over Arsenal helped them leap within touching distance of the second.
Arsenal and Liverpool have played some great football, and deservedly lead the other 18 clubs. But for Chelsea, Man City and Spurs, there can only surely be a feeling of regret, even at such an early period in the season, purely because they have allowed United to catch up by suffering poor and sloppy form.
Southampton, along with Arsenal, has been the surprise package in the Premier League this season. With just one loss and five goals conceded, there is currently no one tougher to beat. I’m not sure that it will last for much longer, but they are an example of just how high you can climb this season with the likes of Manchester United suffering poor starts. It very well may be costly for the three aforementioned clubs come the rest of the season, as United will only now gather momentum.