Futbol Chronicles: Real Madrid Could Eclipse Manchester United This Year

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IAugust 20, 2009

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 23:  A dejected Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of Man Utd as Ronaldo of Madrid celebrates after scoring the third goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter final, second leg match between Manchester United and Real Madrid on April 23, 2003 at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Based on the recent run of matches that Real Madrid have played in, it's safe to say that this new-look team could beat out Manchester United as the best club in Europe.

Manchester have recently started their season, and already there are growing concerns about the makeup of the team after their disappointing loss to Premiership newcomers Burnley on Monday.

On the other end, Real Madrid have been tearing up the field with consecutive victories, but it was the manner of their victories that has supporters and football pundits alike buzzing.

It's very early in the football season, but Madrid are already looking like a team that could do major damage in the upcoming campaign, thanks in part to new signings Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, and Benzema.

So far, all three players have managed to gel perfectly in attack, and under Pelligrini's watch, the club have gone on to dust their opponents away with a goals galore and a rabid style of play.

Arjen Robben, thought to have been on the outs earlier this summer, has so far turned himself into the role of a super sub, so much so that his recent play has led Pelligrini to even consider Robben into his plans for the upcoming season.

Raul, the veteran and mainstay of the club, continues to draw in impressive performances for the club night in and night out, with a goal scored against Dortmund further increasing his exhibition tally.

Karim Benzema is looking more at home as the club's newest forward, and many would expect Higuain and Benzema to form a solid partnership in the attack. So far, based on the early prognosis, such a partnership appears likely so.

The situation at Manchester however is not as valiant as that of Madrid's. Their recent loss to a newly promoted club has some already questioning Alex Ferguson's decision to not spend the 80 million pounds taken in from the Ronaldo sale.

Antonio Valencia has so far been the club's biggest signing, and Michael Owen, who came to Old Tradford on a free transfer, is yet to have established himself as a scoring threat. It's only very early in the season, but if Owen and Berbatov continue onwards with average efforts, than Sir Alex would have reason to worry.

Wayne Rooney looks like the only legitimate scoring threat for the Red Devils, with Berbatov's struggles (since his wretched transfer from White Hart Lane) already drawing calls of him as a bust, something which Rooney recently stated that Berbatov is determined to prove otherwise to his critics.

Ferguson would be wise in signing at least two more quality midfielders (especially considering the age of both Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs), and another top class striker, but Ferguson's stubbornness could also be the club's own downfall.

Ronaldo's and Tevez's departure from the club would surely hurt United's chances this season, much to a certain amount of supporters who doubt Sir Alex's assertion that the club are good enough with the latter.

Meanwhile, United's crosstown rival Manchester City are on an upswing of sorts with the signings of Adebayor, Tevez, and Santa Cruz, which has led many to claim the Citizens as having one of the better attacking set-ups in the Premiership, much so to the chagrin of Alex Ferguson and United supporters.

Of course, as said before it's only early in the season, so there's lots to happen before we can all declare that Madrid are true compianatos and United are simply, well, ordinary.