Ferdinand: United can win it all this season - realistic or absurd?

The defender is confident the Old Trafford outfit will have a strong campaign on all fronts, despite a fruitless transfer window.

It hasn’t been the finest week in Manchester United’s history over the last seven days. A 1-0 defeat at Anfield to rivals Liverpool has been followed by a farcical transfer deadline day, compounding a frustrating summer recruitment drive.

Despite the negative press that is currently being focussed on the Premier League champions for their exploits both on and off the pitch, Rio Ferdinand has stated that the Old Trafford side have the squad to have a massively successful campaign.

"We've got a strong enough squad to win everything,” the former England defender said.

"We won the league at a canter last season and we've not become a bad team overnight.

“We believe strongly in what we have got. And anyway, you can't judge the league after three games."

Firstly it should be pointed out that United, despite a less-than ideal start to the season, should not be written off. Ferdinand is correct in the fact that the side won the Premier League last season with relative ease, and the team that claimed that 19th top-flight success is still intact.

United have every chance of retaining their Premier League title, but can expect the competition for top spot to be more intense this term. Manchester City have splurged on five new international superstars, and although they are yet to hit their straps, have the personnel to challenge for domestic and European success.

Chelsea have added a number of new players to their ranks also, most notably a top-class striker in the form of Samuel Eto’o, and have a born winner back at the helm at Stamford Bridge. The Jose Mourinho factor could well be decisive in the title race if it goes down to the wire.

Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham are all stronger, and as such the race for the top four will be more bitterly fought, meaning more difficult opponents for United.

That said, United have been there and done it – just because new manager David Moyes hasn’t does not mean that they will not hold the Premier League title aloft come May.

In the domestic cups United have the strength in depth to rotate their players, with central midfield the area of the most concern – however, Marouane Fellaini has been added there to give some respite.

United’s rich European history is something that the manager, regardless of who it is, will always have to live up to. Ferdinand speaks of winning everything, and domestically the Old Trafford side certainly have as good a chance as any. On the continent though, it is a different situation.

Despite the players at Moyes’ disposal, it is hard to imagine the current United squad winning the Champions League. They are currently one or two top players short to compete with Europe’s best, predominantly in midfield, and will find the going tough against the likes of Bayern Munich, Juventus and the Clasico sides if they square up against them in the latter stages.

As Ferdinand says, it is foolish to judge a team after three games, and United have the potential to be brilliant or underwhelming this term. Domestic success could still well be on the cards, but in Europe there are a handful of more-rounded and dangerous sides that will fight for the Champions League crown.

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