At the beginning of the season, I had written down my Premier League predictions. Now with 19 games played, let’s look at Manchester United and see how they’ve done. Here is what I said during the preseason, which was spot on:
The opening schedule will be tough … away to City and Liverpool in September means United may head into October not in double-figures.
I had Manchester United finishing fourth just because I couldn’t see them finishing lower. However, it was always going to be a tough to ask a guy to come in and follow a guy who essentially was Manchester United. The fact that they are now sixth and only three points away from the last Champions League spot shows that the transition may have been quicker than many would have thought.
The team being in the knockout stage of the Champions League, still in the Capital One Cup and winning every trophy he could have so far means Moyes has actually turned things around from a turbulent start.
They should be cautious with the transfer window though, and no panic buys should be made. Also, United would not have been in a respectable position at the end of the year if they hadn’t just gone on a four-match winning streak. 2014 will be a difficult test against Tottenham and then Chelsea later on in the month.
Also in there is a two-legged cup semifinal and possibly two FA Cup ties. If the momentum of December is lost in January, it may be hard for them to pick it back up again.
Jason Bardwell is a Soccer writer for Rant Sport. You can follow him on Twitter @PACityboy or on www.facebook.com/jasonbardwell1979.