Manchester United: Complete Guide for the 2012-13 Premier League Season

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Manchester United: Complete Guide for the 2012-13 Premier League Season
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Manchester United will bounce back this season, despite still being in a transition period. First, because of the new signings, players coming back and less injuries, and second because other teams will struggle more.

City are showing signs of unrest less than a week before the Community Shield. Chelsea were humbled by Brighton approaching the same match. Liverpool could be in the doldrums for years, and Arsenal have had the greatest turnover of players possibly ever in the last year or so.

The team in the photo above certainly won't be either the starting eleven against Everton or the First XI this season. But it is a sign of United's growing strength in depth that very much a scratch squad that travelled to South Africa and China didn't lose a match and did the club proud.

This close season has probably been as frustrating as any for Sir Alex Ferguson. He lost 14 players to various tournaments and still has Fletcher, Evans and Smalling out through injury. No wonder the team looked rusty against Valerenga.

But every cloud has a silver lining, and players like Blackett, Keane and Lingard have already emerged with credit, having had more chances than in other close seasons. There is a conveyor belt of talent coming behind them, and Sir Alex places his faith in youth, matched with experience.

So let's have a quick review and get the debate going. As usual, I look forward to reading your comments and value your alternate views.

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