Team Review: Manchester United in the 2013-14 Season

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Updated: July 15, 2014
Manchester United in the 2013-14 Season

Premier League Finish: Seventh Place

Match Results: W19-D7-L12

(Featured image: Manchester United | Source: foxsports.com.au)

 

Perhaps the worst season ever since the 1980s, the 2013-14 Premier League was not kind enough for defending and perennial sports betting favorites Champions Manchester United. The side did not even qualified for any place in the two most important UEFA competitions as they landed just outside of the top six. David Moyes served as the new manager and although the hype on him had been staggering, he did not live up to the expectations of the club and its supporters. Sir Alex Ferguson has retired from managing the club and his farewell might have also been the start of The Red Devils’ decline in the English top-tier League.

 

The side were off to a good season kick-off, following a victory in the FA Community Shield and a 4-1 rout at Swansea City in their EPL curtain raiser. However, as the season progresses, things began falling out of place. The club made a string of unimpressive displays in the tournament, drawing only with Chelsea and losing all the spoils to Liverpool, West Brom, and local rivals Manchester City. While they may have been able to obtain some clean sheets, they were also beaten by their foes on goalless upsets. They scored zero goals and conceded a few to such opponents as Everton, Newcastle United, and even the lowly Sunderland.

 

In the FA Cup, The Red Devils only reached Round 3 following an upset inflicted by Swansea City. They also failed to qualify to the ultimate stage of the Champions League although their quarter-final achievement was more acceptable than their Round of 16 finish in the previous season. In the League Cup, they reached the semi-finals, eliminated from the competition by eventual runners up Sunderland. By the end of the season, Wayne Rooney emerged as the side’s top goal scorer, followed by Robin van Persie.

 

United signed one of the most expensive deals of the season, with Spanish midfielder Juan Mata becoming part of the team on a £37.1-million contract. Everton’s Marouane Fellaini was also added to the ensemble on a reported transfer fee of £27.5. Other new signings were Guillermo Varela from Penarol and Saidy Janko from Zurich. The season was also the last time Ryan Giggs will be playing after announcing his retirement last May. He will, however, stay with the club as assistant manager.

 

With Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal now at the helm, Manchester United are looking forward to a much better campaign this coming season.