With 2015 almost upon us, we take a look at the best moments of Manchester United in 2014.
Comeback against Olympiacos (March 19, 2014)
Manchester United’s chances of progression to the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season were slim after the first leg against Olympiacos.
The Red Devils had lost the first leg 2-0 in Greece, and with then-manager David Moyes struggling for wins, it seemed quite probable that the Manchester outfit would fail to win the last-16 tie.
However, United staged a truly sensational comeback in the second leg at Old Trafford, winning it 3-0 thanks to Robin van Persie’s hat-trick.
Letting Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand go
At their prime Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand were two of the best centre-backs in the world, but last season proved that both are past their prime.
Ferdinand’s struggles at Queens Park Rangers and Vidic’s failure at Inter Milan are proof that United were right to let the duo leave in the summer.
Dismissal of David Moyes
Moyes is a very good manager - that cannot be disputed. However, the Scotsman was not the right manager for United, especially in 2013.
What Moyes did at Everton took a number of years, and he simply was never going to be afforded that time at United in this day and age.
The squad that the 51-year-old had at his disposal last season was simply not good enough to win the Premier League title, but it was certainly good enough to finish in the top four.
Appointing Louis van Gaal as manager
Louis van Gaal’s tenures at some of his former clubs ended badly, but the Dutchman is the right man for United at this moment in time.
The 63-year-old’s presence at Old Trafford played a key role in the likes of Angel di Maria and Daley Blind moving to United in the summer.
After a difficult start to the Premier League, United have gained momentum and are on course for a top-three finish.
Signing Angel di Maria
Angel di Maria is one of the best players in the world, and it was a real coup for United to sign him in the summer.
Of course, Real Madrid’s willingness to let go out of the Argentina international winger was key to the transfer, but United made a great move by splashing out £59.7 million for him.
Di Maria has yet to reach the heights of last season, but three goals and 31 chances created in 12 Premier League appearances are very impressive.
Humiliating Liverpool (December 14, 2014)
David de Gea was Manchester United’s best player and Liverpool had chances throughout the 90 minutes, but still the Red Devils’ win against their arch-rivals is one of their best moments of 2014.
Despite Manchester City’s rise in recent years, it is Liverpool who are United’s main rivals. Defeating them 3-0 at Old Trafford in the Premier League was very special indeed.