Rory Kennedy tells us why Manchester United will lift this season’s Premier League title.
Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City will be the teams to battle it out for the Premier League title this season, writes Rory Kennedy.
Of the three, Chelsea have the best manager in Jose Mourinho, City have the best squad in the likes of Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero, but the Red Devils remain the side to beat.
The intriguing element is that all three have new managers. This is of course fairly typical for Chelsea, an event City are growing used to, but the last time United changed their coach was in 1986.
For Chelsea, the key to their season will be Mourinho. His arrogance has proved a strength in the past, helping his team feel unbeatable. There is a danger though that his more extreme behaviour could damage his team too – as seen at Real Madrid. Fall-outs with big name players, poking an opposition coach in the eye and controversial comments to the press did not bring the club good press, and Mourinho will have to ensure that he doesn’t become a negative for the club.
Equally however, the “Special One” could show us all his talents, masterminding a way to the title after only one year back – as he did the first time he took the reins at Stamford Bridge. With the talented squad Roman Abramovich’s money has assembled, this outcome is certainly possible.
In the blue half of Manchester the silver fox Manuel Pellegrini has taken the reigns. The Chilean has brought in some signings to join the endless talent he already has at his disposal. But new additions are not what his squad needs. Man City’s players require a change in mentality to give them the belief to keep up their focus.
If the 59 year-old finds a structure that works, and gets the best out of players such as Samir Nasri and David Silva, the title should once again be lifted by captain Vincent Kompany. However his players lack that “win everything” mentality, which could be their downfall.
It is a reasonable assumption that Man City’s owners hired Pellegrini for his prowess in Europe, with strong performances for Villarreal and Malaga CF, and his new side may well prioritise progress in the UEFA Champions League this season.
Finally, Manchester United. Although the Alex Ferguson era has finally come to an end, David Moyes is still perfectly capable of winning the title.
The club will surely retain Ferguson’s ethos of going into every game believing they can win, as after all: United are a winning club. The Red Devils love winning, and for the last twenty years they have been very good at it.
Finally, last year’s champions have Robin Van Persie. If the Netherlands international has another sparkling season, the red side of Manchester will be incredibly difficult to stop.
Robin Van Persie is huge contender to be labelled the “MVP” of the Premier League. Although Madrid are reported to have made a world record bid for Spurs’ Gareth Bale, truthfully I would rather have RVP in my side. The Dutch international can hardly put a foot wrong.
It is for this reason, that I believe United will once again be crowned Champions come May next year.
1st. Manchester United
2nd. Manchester City