Waiting Game: Success Just a Matter of Time for Manchester United
In fact, a lot of people have written off Manchester United entirely after a slow start.
Injuries to Rooney, Neville, and Saha and fitness issues with Tevez, Anderson, and Nani haven't helped—but what about when this sort of thing inevitably happens throughout the season?
The depth that Chelsea and Liverpool possess isn't quite there for the United squad.
Nani and Tevez have given their all in trying to fill the boots of Ronaldo and Rooney. If Fergie were given the choice, he'd have preferred to introduce them slowly, but needs must.
Anderson made a promising debut on Saturday, and will undoubtedly become a great played under Feguson's watchful eye, as will Nani.
The legendary manager has bought in young legs during the transfer window, which shows his intentions to build for the future. The emergence of Chris Eagles is also encouraging; it will be interesting to see how much time he gets during the season.
It's the constant use of squad players, though, that could hinder United's title chase. Fletcher, O'Shea, Silvestre, and Eagles wouldn't normally be called on as starters, but injuries and fitness have made them essential for Manchester.
That said, United will come on strong sooner rather than later. It's only a matter of time until another team is on the end of a thorough United beating, much like Derby were this past weekend at the hands of Liverpool.
Once Rooney, Saha, and Tevez achieve full fitness and Ronaldo returns from his suspension, we'll really see what United are made of.
I remain optimistic. We'll see a huge improvement when Ronaldo gets back. Rooney will take time to heal, and no one should be expecting miracles of Saha just because he scored the winner against Sunderland, but if I were United's EPL opposition, I wouldn't be thinking about leaving Manchester United behind just yet.
We shall see...
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