Man United Red Devils 2013 Season
With the Red Devils firing strongly up front this season, thanks to the goalscoring weight of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, the English Premier League side will be looking to get back on top of things domestically and in Europe this season. On the home front, even though this has been earmarked as not being a classic Manchester United line up, especially with defensive frailties being exposed at the back, they are the team set to dominate until the end of the season. Sitting top of the league pile at Christmas, the halfway stage of the season, United’s form doesn’t look likely to dop.
It hasn’t all be powerhouse displays though, recovery from losing positions this season has seen them become the comeback kings. So that aspect of their game, put on top of their power when they are in top gear should put them in line to grab back the Premier League title which they lost to Manchester City last season. With Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal unable to keep pace with the Red Devils over the first half of the season, United are firm favourites for the title. Should they get there, they could have Robin van Persie to thank in his first season at the club, who is a firm candidate to finish as the Premier League top scorer this season. The Dutchman looks a strong prospect for the market in which the closest challengers could be Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, Swansea’s Michu and Chelsea’s Demba Ba.
There could be a genuine shot at a domestic double for Manchester United as well, with them expected to make their presence felt in the FA Cup. Should it happen for the Red Devils this season, it will end a very long wait in the famous old competition for them, not having lifted the trophy since the 2003-04 season.
They will be eyeing up a big European prize again as well, though a difficult path lies ahead. The last triumph for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men in the Champions League was back in the 2007/08 season when they beat Chelsea in the final at the Luzhniki Stadium. Subsequently they have lost two finals since then, both times losing out to Barcelona. They will face more stiff Spanish competition this season in the round of sixteen as Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson got something of a Christmas wish in wanting Cristiano Ronaldo to return to Old Trafford. However, the former Red Devils star will be back with reigning Spanish champions Real Madrid.
That immediately saw the football odds on United claiming the European crown drift, as they go up against one of the favourites. Real Madrid meanwhile, remain one of the front runners, despite some patchy form from Jose Mourinho’s men this season in La Liga. The last time the sides met was in the 2002/03 season at the quarter final stage, Real Madrid winning 6-5 on aggregate in a classic encounters. The two giants of European soccer have played eight times before, Madrid leading the head to head 3-2.