Against Swansea City on Saturday morning, Louis van Gaal and Manchester United will begin a journey to make amends for the disappointments in last year’s campaign. Last year’s squad, managed under David Moyes, finished seventh in the Premier League, their worst showing since 1989. Tomorrow will be a chance for van Gaal and his men to not only prove to his supporters, but also the rest of the world, that United is back and ready to conquer the footballing world once again.
After an impressive preseason, in which United went undefeated, many have already sensed the change in attitude from the club. The players have shown a certain respect for van Gaal that was not evident during the short time that Moyes was in charge. With the help of former United legend, Ryan Giggs, as his assistant, van Gaal has been able to communicate with his players more efficiently. The style of play from United during preseason was very impressive and helped them defeat some of Europe’s top clubs, including Real Madrid, AS Roma and historic rivals Liverpool in the International Champions Cup. Although it was preseason, many supporters are excited at the potential of the squad under van Gaal.
With no European tournaments to compete in this season, United will give all their attention and focus in capturing their 21st league title. It will be no easy task as rivals Chelsea and Arsenal have strengthened their squads during the offseason. Reigning champions Manchester City are always a force to be reckoned with and will also pose a huge threat to van Gaal and his men. Newly appointed captain Wayne Rooney will look to lead the club in his tenth season as a United player. Although there were rumors of him possibly leaving last year, it seems Rooney is comfortable working with van Gaal as he has already netted six goals.
All in all, it seems Manchester United are headed in the right direction. Louis van Gaal has his squad playing in top form and looks ready to take the Premier League by storm. Expect United to be very successful in their 2014-15 campaign.