The Red Devils will be kicking off the Premier League with a match against Swansea on the opening day, 16th August. Louis Van Gaal’s 11 will benefit from a morale-boosting win early on, which should come to them fairly easily.
Newly appointed manager Louis Van Gaal has already announced his intentions to completely restructure the team and get rid of the “dead wood” which earned the boys a shameful seventh place in the Premier League last season.
With David Moyes out of the picture, it’s alleged that up to ten players could be facing the axe in the drastic Manchester United overhaul.
Ashley Young, Wilfried Zaha, Marouane Fellaini, Bebe, Anderson, Tom Cleverley, Nani and Nick Powell are all rumoured to be getting the chop as part of Van Gaal’s “focused arrogance” success strategy.
Prior to his appointment, Van Gaal’s boys had already seen some changes taking place with the signing of Luke Shaw from Southampton and Athletic Club’s Ander Herrera. Fresh from the back of a World Cup campaign, youngster Luke Shaw will be keen to prove his skills in a regional role as well as a national one. If he impressed England coach Roy Hodgson enough to pick him over Ashley Cole, then he’s surely got potential to help the Red Devils through to the top.
Signing Herrera, meanwhile, has been dubbed by some as “a poor alternative to Paul Pogba,” but given Pogba’s evident temper as seen during the World Cup, this could be a better judgement call for Manchester United.
Rumoured to be joining the ranks of the Old Trafford boys are Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels and Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen. After a stunning performance in the World Cup, scoring two goals which doubtless helped Germany through to the victory, Mats Hummels will be worth every penny of his reported £20 million fee.
Vermaelen, meanwhile, played infrequently during the World Cup, but has the recent FA Cup victory for Arsenal in his favour.
With Van Gaal’s opening press conference promising some big changes for the Red Devils, we’re sure to see a vast improvement for Manchester United compared to last season.