5 Things for Manchester United Fans to Look Forward to
There won't be any Manchester United fans looking back at the 2013-2014 season with fond memories. The last time United finished outside of the top three was 1991, so finishing seventh is unknown territory for many fans. You'd have to be pushing 30 years old to have any real memories of United not being a side that challenged to win the league every year.
The appointment of David Moyes was disastrous, and the club won't have any European football to look forward to as a result.
Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand are definitely on their way out of the club, although they are unlikely to be the last departures this summer. The team that starts 2014-2015 could look very different from the one that ended 2013-2014.
There will be lots of change at Old Trafford next season and, United fans will be hoping, lots to look forward to.
Watching the Youth Develop
Adnan Januzaj had an impressive debut season and, according to The Republik of Mancunia, had a more successful campaign than Cristiano Ronaldo in his first year at Old Trafford.
Ryan Giggs introduced James Wilson and Tom Lawrence to the Premier League in his final home game in charge as interim manager. Wilson scored two whilst Lawrence was keen to attack whenever he got the ball.
Wednesday evening, Manchester United youngsters face Chelsea in the final of the Premier League U-21 final, and victory would see them crowned champions for the third successive season.
Whilst the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City struggle to bring through any of their own players, United fans can be guaranteed, as always, that their homegrown talent will be given a go next season.
Beating Our Rivals Again
In 2013-2014, United lost to Liverpool at home and away, Manchester City at home and away and Chelsea away after drawing with them at home.
It wasn't just the defeats, but the manner of the defeats, with United looking totally spineless whenever faced with their rivals. City thrashed them on both occasions. Plenty of reds were relieved when the team lost to Sunderland in the Capital One Cup semi-final, as it spared them from a third embarrassing defeat, at Wembley in the final.
This is not the United way. That's not to say they haven't been on the end of some heavy defeats over the past decade, but to go into every big game with their heads down, seemingly beaten even before the game has kicked off, is unacceptable.
United fans will be hoping that next season, playing for a more inspiring manager, they get to have the bragging rights over their rivals once more.
Winning at Old Trafford Again
United lost eight games at Old Trafford last season in all competitions.
To give that some context, in 2012-2013, United lost four games at home before the title was won. The year before, it was four games again. The season before that, they didn't lose a single game at home. And the year before that, it was four.
The fans will be hoping that next season, Old Trafford can return to being a fortress, where the likes of West Brom and Swansea don't come fancying their chances, but where all teams are fearful over the potential result at kick-off.
Signing a World-Class Midfielder
The last world-class central midfielder who joined Manchester United was Owen Hargreaves in the summer of 2007.
It took six years before United signed another player in that position, despite the squad crying out for some quality in the centre of the pitch, and that player was Marouane Fellaini. His first season at United could also be his last, given just how poor and how out of his depth he looked.
United have been linked to a whole host of top-quality midfielders, and they will be hoping this summer will finally see one of them join the club.
Having a World-Class Manager Again
The more time you have to reflect on the decision to replace Sir Alex Ferguson with David Moyes, the more preposterous it seems.
United opted to go with a man who had won nothing and had no experience of Champions League football to replace the most successful manager this country has ever seen.
Jamie Jackson from The Guardian reported Tuesday that Louis van Gaal will probably be United manager next season, and this is certainly the calibre of manager who should have been given the job in the first place.
He has won the league seven times (once with every team he has managed), spanning three leagues, with clubs in Spain, Germany and Holland. He's won five European trophies, including the Champions League, as well as a further eight domestic cups.
United fans can look forward to having someone who knows what they are doing in charge of the team again.