Manchester United will have one clear objective in the 2014-15 season: to win the Premier League.
Under the sacked David Moyes, the Red Devils went from first to seventh, but with Louis van Gaal taking charge after the World Cup, they will be determined to return to the summit of English football.
It may seem unlikely to many how a club that finished seventh in one season could win the league the next, but Liverpool did it this term – well, almost.
In Brendan Rodgers’s first year in charge of the Merseyside outfit, the Reds could only end up seventh, despite starting the season with the aim of finishing in the top four of the Premier League. However, in 2013-14, they really stepped up their game and until the final day of the campaign had the chance of winning the title.
Edwin van der Sar, a former United goalkeeper considered to be among the greatest players ever, believes that under fellow Dutchman Van Gaal, his old club can ‘do a Liverpool’ and even more.
‘It will be difficult to get from seventh to first, but Liverpool almost did it and I think United have more qualities than Liverpool on that score’, The Mirror quotes the 43-year-old as saying.
United are set for a summer overhaul of their squad and are likely to make some key signings in midfield and in defence. The United team of next season will be much better in terms of personnel and, with someone with a massive European pedigree like Van Gaal in charge, things are only going to get better.
Whether or not the Manchester outfit can finish above Liverpool and win the league next season remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure: United cannot do any worse than they did in 2013-14.