As more squad additions are expected to arrive in the summer, with Louis van Gaal looking to balance the squad, fans will be expecting a consistent run of performances next season and some silverware after a year’s drought. As some players start to really adapt to the Premier League and with the squad now looking to have gelled into a preferred formation (4-3-3), the team should be looking to match the other top teams next season. But with the class of Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea and other teams also looking to strengthen their squads, it could be easier said than done.
Of course, qualifying for the UEFA Champions’ League group stages and progressing in that competition should be a priority. But winning a trophy along the way and performing strongly in the league would give the fans something to be really optimistic about. Winning the title though could prove to be very tough; van Gaal has been given three years to achieve that top target and fans may have to wait until his final year before the title is brought back to Old Trafford. For this upcoming year though, there is no reason why this squad cannot challenge for most competitions and finish in a higher position in the League.
There will be enough quality in the squad to be able to field a decent team in the Capital One Cup and go far in the competition. The FA Cup is also something that hasn’t been won by Manchester United in quite a few years. Having reached the quarter-final of the competition this past year, it may provide the player’s with the motivation to get to the final and win it this season. Wayne Rooney is one of the players that have never won the FA Cup and following the recent exit from the competition he spoke to the official Manchester United website, saying:
“I want to win the cup for and with the team; it’s not about me wanting to win the FA Cup. That’s why it’s so sad for us to get knocked out today; we knew we’d have a great opportunity if we’d won tonight.”
A report from Ben Hibbs on the official Manchester United website also stated that:
“Louis van Gaal already has his sights set on bringing silverware to Old Trafford in 2015/16, even before his first campaign in charge at Manchester United is over.
“The top priority as the dramatic 2014/15 season reaches its denouement remains steering the Reds safely back into European football, but, for a manager of his reputation and with his CV, a trophyless year is only fuel to the fiery ambition that still burns brightly inside the 63-year-old Dutchman.”
Following on from this, the forthcoming season is being predicted to be a successful one for Manchester United. Louis van Gaal has the whole club and the fans behind him, which could prove to be pivotal in the search for silverware next season at Old Trafford.
This article was researched and written by Matt Coley. You can follow him on Twitter.