Premier League preview – Manchester United

Manchester UnitedHow will Manchester United fare without Sir Alex Ferguson? It is a very interesting question.

What is known is that David Moyes was recommended by the Premier League’s greatest legend and will be able to go to him for advice if required.

Like Spurs and Liverpool, United have a problem surrounding a key player, as the Wayne Rooney situation refuses to die a death.

What is different about the Old Trafford’s club situation though, is that Rooney is arguably not the player to United that Bale is to Tottenham and that Suarez is to Liverpool.

That mantra is held by Robin Van Persie, whose goals, like last season, will be pivotal to United’s campaign.

Players in: Guillermo Varela (Atletico Penarol) Undisclosed.

Players out: Reece Brown (Watford) Free, John Cofie (Barnsley) Free, Michele Fornasier (Sampdoria) Free, Luke Giverin (Released), Luke Hendrie (Released), Reece James (Carlisle) Loan, Luke McCullough (Doncaster) Free, Sean McGinty (Sheffield United) Free, Paul Scholes (Retired), Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich) Loan, Gyliano van Velzen (Utrecht) Free, Frederic Veseli (Ipswich) Free.

Player to watch: Robin Van Persie – the importance of Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to sign the ex-Arsenal forward is becoming clearer and clearer with every goal he nets for United. When teams have to play the Red Devils they will be making plans to stop Van Persie. Amazingly, it may not be enough. The Dutchman’s form has shown no sign of dwindling in pre-season and when he is on his game he is one of the world’s best.

Young player to watch: Wilfried Zaha – one of the country’s brightest prospects, the 20-year-old will this season complete his first spell of Premier League football. His talent is clear and, although there are clearly aspects of his game that Zaha can improve on, he will have defenders quivering when he is let loose at them.

Player needing to improve: Wayne Rooney – if he stays with United, Rooney will have to improve, first and foremost, his attitude. Reports suggest he wants to leave Old Trafford, but he will have to accept the surroundings he is playing in if he does not get his wish. After that, Rooney could do with recapturing the form which made everyone sit up and take notice of him in the first place. Many have suggested the England forward is past his twilight years, but he is only 27.

Season prediction: 3rd

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