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It’s Not Just Manchester United Experiencing A Transitional Season
Footytubeblog (Blog) 5 months ago
Much has been made of Manchester United’s first season without Sir Alex Ferguson and how new boss David Moyes does not have the required ‘minerals’ to continue his trophy hauling success.

There are several theories behind United’s average season, most of which point towards a so called ‘transitional period’ in the Old Trafford’s recent history.

The Red Devils faithful will feel extremely aggrieved the current goings on at the club, but it’s worth pointing out to them that they are not the only club in the top-flight going through something of a shift in fortune. And what about the Premier League as a whole? As seasons go, it could be suggested the entire division is going through a transitional stage.

Look at Liverpool, for instance. For years the Anfield club has struggled to consistently challenge for the Premier League title and, as a result, has seen their top four residency snatched away from them.

But now, under Brendan Rodgers who has brought new ideas and an attacking approach to the club, they have a real chance of not only securing Champions League football for the first time in five years, but also ending a 24-year wait for a top-flight league crown.

Of course, Liverpool enjoyed a similar kind of season in 2008/2009, finishing second and just four points off league winners United, but there appears to be more of a long-term strength built into the club under Rodgers.

The same can be said of Chelsea under Jose Mourinho’s second spell at Stamford Bridge. The Blues had struggled over the last couple of years to mount a real title challenge, but this season they look like they could win their first title since 2010.

Swansea’s impressive introduction to the Premier League has come to a grinding halt this season, while their attractive style of football has seemingly been replaced by Southampton, who many thought might suffer from ‘second season syndrome.’

Further down the bottom, you’ve got the likes of Fulham and West Brom, who both face the serious prospect of losing their top flight status following a successfully prolonged spells in the top-flight.

That particularly goes for Fulham who, after a 13 year stay in the Premier League, are edging closer to the drop following a change in ownership this season.

Of the 20 teams in the top-flight, 12 of them have experienced either a change in manager or ownership since the season kicked off, meaning over 50% of the Premier League is arguably experiencing a period of transition, regardless of whether it’s good or bad.

Some are thriving under new ownership or management, such as Crystal Palace, Sunderland, Everton and Chelsea, while the likes of Fuham, West Brom, Manchester United and Cardiff City are not enjoying the new eras in place thus far.

So although it’s an alien position to be in for United as they face up to the prospect of finishing outside of the top four this season, they are not the only ones suffering from such change and despair this season.

If they are still in freefall in two years time, for example, then there will certainly be cause for concern.

But, for now, they need to just sit back and accept that it’s going to take a while for the club to reaffirm themselves as England’s most successful club.

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Nitoro (Manchester United) 4 months ago
There is no argument about that Mourhino's Chelsea being a great side this year though Manchester united under Moyes is struggling. I believe the squad matters more if you want to win games



   
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