David Beckham: Manchester United will not have title drought like Liverpool

Former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham said that his former club will not suffer a title drought like rivals Liverpool. United have gone only two seasons without a title compared to Liverpool’s drought that has lasted for the entire existence of the Premier League. Numerically, that is 25 years without a league title for the Merseyside club. Beckham says that he does not believe that United will sink to the level Liverpool sunk to. The England legend said:

“I can’t see that happening to Manchester United. I never think that we will not be in contention for winning trophies because there is too much history, there is too much embedded into this club to let it just slip away like that.”

Ultimately, Beckham is right. The top flight of English football is now the standard that all other leagues strive to reach. Players from abroad desire transfers to Premier League clubs and will settle for mid-table teams when they could play for a team that is in contention for the Europa League from countries such as, Spain, France, Italy and Germany.

Over the glory years of the Sir Alex Ferguson era, United fans were able to witness an age of dominance where the club rarely went without silverware in a season. Following the Scot’s retirement, Liverpool put up a fight, but failed in the end along with Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip against Chelsea. After Moyes was fired, United turned things around with Louis van Gaal and finished fourth in the league last year. This year, Van Gaal has set his sights on greater achievements. A Premier League title was somewhat out of the question before the season started, but United were top of the table prior to the dismal display against Arsenal in a 3-0 loss this past weekend. Beckham spoke about the transition for the club:

We have been spoiled over the last 20 years. We have been so successful and then the manager and [former chief executive] David Gill leave, then there is a number of players that retired like Scholesy and Giggsy.

“No matter what club it is, no matter how much money you have behind you, there is going to be a dip in trophies, but unfortunately when you are Manchester United, you can’t really have that and there are tough moments.”

United must be patient with the way that everything goes over this season. Even though it is only Van Gaal’s second season with the club, there is the opportunity to improve from last year. With the additions of Anthony Martial, Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Matteo Darmian and Morgan Schneiderlin, the club finally has depth in the squad. With the unfortunate injury to Luke Shaw, there is a small gap in the defence for United, but one injury cannot ruin the season for the club.

The team is playing flowing football, accurate passing and goals are coming from a variety of players. With Wayne Rooney having a difficult time finding the back of the net for the Red Devils, players such as, Juan Mata, Martial, Depay and more have all stepped in and bagged some goals. Rooney has five goals on the season (one Barclays Premier League, three UEFA Champions League, one Capital One Cup), but the lack of goals in the Premier League is what troubled everyone. His play has improved and United were on the right track until a slip-up against Arsenal. The international break will give the players time to gather their thoughts and get back to Old Trafford with a better mindset and a winning attitude again. This year, like many, is unpredictable, but one thing is for sure: United are here to compete for it all. Even Beckham is excited by the current squad, saying:

“I would love to play in this side, personally.”


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