Manchester United is now 12 points behind league leaders Arsenal after losing 1-0 to Everton at Old Trafford on Wednesday. This was the fourth loss of the season for the Red Devils who have probably lost their crown. Even though United has made many spectacular comebacks under Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes‘ men have dropped too many points to be able to keep their title.
Manchester United is currently 9th in the Premier League table. Moyes’ men are eight points behind second place Chelsea, six behind third place and rivals Manchester City and five points behind fourth place Liverpool who currently hold the last spot for next season’s Champion’s League. If a top four finish is still within United’s reach, winning the title seems nearly impossible for the Red Devils.
The most optimistic United fans will probably say that in January 1996, United was 12 points behind Newcastle before making an unforgettable comeback and winning the title in May. The major difference this time is that the Red Devils have got more than one team ahead of them. In order for Moyes’ men to retain their title, Arsenal, Chelsea, City and Liverpool would all have to collapse while United would have to be nearly perfect for the remainder of the season. The chances of that happening are rather slim to say the least.
The real problem for Manchester United this season is the quality of the squad. Except Marouane Fellaini, signed from Everton this summer, it’s almost the same squad that won the Premier League last season; but the problem is that all the other title contenders have gotten significantly stronger. Willian, Samuel Eto’o and Andre Schurrle have strengthened Chelsea’s squad while City has signed Martin Demichelis, Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo. Arsenal has made two excellent signings with Mesut Ozil and Mathieu Flamini, making Arsene Wenger‘s team a serious title contender this season.
Central midfield is probably the area where the Red Devils are the weakest and will need a new signing in January. Fellaini hasn’t lived up to the expectations yet, and a world class central midfielder is very much needed at Old Trafford. In addition of Moyes’ problems in central midfield , many players have been under-performing this season. Ashley Young, Anderson, Danny Welbeck and Nani have all been disappointing so far and have contributed very little.
Manchester United has probably lost its Premier League title and will have to fight for a top four spot. The Red Devils will probably spend money in the January transfer window if their targets are available, but those players will likely arrive too late to keep the Premier League trophy at Old Trafford