Five reasons Man United’s season has actually been a success

If you ask any Manchester United fan how they think their season has gone this year, you’d find it difficult to locate many who have positive things to say.

A fifth place finish in the Premier League means Louis van Gaal’s side have missed out on a place in the Champions League, but with the FA Cup final fast approaching, there is still a chance for the Red Devils to bring home some silverware.

Whether this is enough to please the supporters of one of the biggest clubs in the world is yet to be seen, but here at FootballFanCast, we believe there are actually some positives for the Man United faithful to take away from this season.

So here’s our FIVE reasons why Manchester United’s season has actually been a success…

The emergence of youth

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A pretty easy one, this. One massive, massive positive United fans should be taking away from this season is the emergence of some pretty special youngsters.

They’ve all been thrown in at the deep end and have managed well, with young striker Marcus Rashford taking plenty of the plaudits. But special mentions should go to Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Timothy Fosu-Mensah too – they’ve been excellent when called upon.

Anthony Martial debut campaign

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Again, it’s easy to see why Martial makes it into our list. The 20-year-old has been awesome at times this campaign, especially coming to the end of the season. 17 goals in 48 appearances is impressive, and when you bear in mind this is his first Premier League campaign, that feat is all the more impressive.

Jose still being linked with Old Trafford

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He’s the man on the lips of most fans at Old Trafford, whether you love him or hate him. The media interest linking Jose with a return to England just won’t go away and supporters are seemingly rallying in order to bring him to the club. The Van Gaal appointment hasn’t worked out that well at all, and he’s becoming increasingly unpopular at the helm. Don’t give up United fans, Jose is still a free man.

Ryan Giggs in the assistant manager’s position

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This is one man whom many United fans rarely disagree about. Whether Giggs is offered the job or not, him being at Old Trafford is only a good thing. He’s been a part of the United fabric for over 25 years now and no-one knows the club better than him. If there is one man that can get the Red Devils ticking again, it’s Giggsy – even from off the pitch. Another season of coaching at the top level has only served to give him more experience.

David De Gea has shone

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How good has De Gea been again this season? Absolutely fantastic, is the answer! But, how many more seasons will United be able to hang onto their prized shot-stopper? I’m not sure.

He’s by far one of, if not the, best goalkeepers in the league and this season has been no exception. Gone are the worries that hung over his head in his first campaign at Old Trafford and De Gea has emerged as a real leader. Without him, it would have been even worse.