Manchester United: Future Champions of Europe?

Gianfranco TottiContributor IDecember 7, 2007

Icon Sports MediaAs the Champions League heats up, Manchester United are obviously the favorites coming out of the European group stages. 

Man U have made short work of any opposition and are sporting a strong side, with new additions such as Carlos Tevez and the young Portuguese talent Nani taking on responsibilities and playing well in both Europe and the Premier League.

With Ferguson's possession of such a strong side, the question is: do they have to drive to advance through Europe? 

Any casual football fan—including a Chelsea or Arsenal supporter—will tell you that Manchester United is a solid club.  Veterans such as  Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, and Edwin Van Der Saar provide leadership while young and explosive new talents such as Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo provide the technical ability to create oppurtunities and finish them.  All in all, Manchester United is a team with both the ability and chemistry to advance.

In UEFA Champions League competition, Manchester United faces serious opposition from clubs such as the star-studded F.C . Barcelona to the successful Liverpool F.C.  Manchester United will be forced to change their style of play depending on their opponents, while still allowing their players the freedom neccessary for their creative style of play to unfold. 

While Manchester United have made it out of the group stage without any trouble, they will need to up their level of play to defeat the more serious obstacles in their path to a European championship. 

If they can do that, they should be able to carry forward the momentum they've gained in the Group stages and become Champions of Europe.