By Thomas Matthews @mafuse33
The days seem to be flying by until the start of the Premier League season in just 12 days. And it’s time to look at one of the big spenders of the league and a team that has struggled with form since old manager Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
Manchester United are a very historical club which humble beginnings begin in 1878 where the club was found as Newton Heath LYR Football Club. Based in Old Trafford Greater Manchester they changed their names in 1902 and moved to their stadium which is also called Old Trafford in 1910.
As the club stands they are the most successful club within the English top division, they have the most Premier League titles 13, join them with the old Division 1 titles they won (7) they remain better than old league rivals Liverpool who have been on 19 league titles for twenty years. Attached with the league titles the Red Devils have also won the Community Shield 17 times. The club haven’t stopped there, with them winning 12 FA Cups, and 5 League cups which brings the total of domestic trophies to an impressive 54 cups since 1908 when the first title was won.
The clubs have had a number of great performances within Europe as well with them winning three Champions League Titles with the 1991 trophy being part of the clubs famous treble season. There first UEFA Europa League trophy came last year when they beat Dutch team Ajax. Other notable trophies won by the club have been the UEFA Cup Winners Cup, and the UEFA Super Cup.
With Manchester United being one of the most successful clubs in the country it’s only right to mention some of the players that have brought that silverware. Sir Bobby Carlton has to be up there for one of the most famous of he united faithful, with hum being involved in the Busby Babes Airplane crash in 1958 and surviving to winning England’s only World Cup in 1966. Up and till last year he was also the Red Devils leading top goalscorer with 249 goals in 758 appearances for the club.
Other legends come in the form of Bill Foulkes a defender that played for united from 1950 to 1970, played 688 times for the club. Not to forget the craziest and world-class goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel who made 294 appearances for the club in an eight year career, including the famous treble in his first year at the club in 1991. Last but not least, the biggest legend in many eyes of the Unite faithful Ryan Giggs a player that dedicated his whole career to United playing for 24 years making an impressive 948 appearances in the league, and scoring 168 goals.
Talking about the upcoming season United will be left to fill some voids within the squad, with players like Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaving the club with Rooney going back to boyhood club Everton, and Zlatan still a free transfer. Also Adnan Januzaj once dubbed the next Ryan Giggs leaving the club to play his football Real Sociadad for around £7m
With three attacking players leaving the club it was only right that united was to bring in a striker or two, by the look of things they have decided to bring in Everton Striker Romelu Lukaku for a fee that will reach £75m which is a huge amount of money. But as shown last season they are willing to pay the bigger fee for the bigger talent when they brought back Paul Pogba from Juventus. United have also strengthened their position in defense with Benfica’s Victor Lindelof for a pretty standard fee of £30m for a defender in the modern game is a fee which a lot of teams look to pay for a top centre back
With another season outside the Champions League, will the Manc side be able to break that top four which they haven’t been unable to do for the last two years. With the addition of Premier League goal scoring machine Lukaku will that be enough or will united have to dive into the market again this season? and where will the club finish this season? leave your comment and your thoughts in the section below.