David Moyes faces a tough task to live up to Sir Alex Ferguson. Having taken over in July, Moyes is yet to add any new faces to his squad, with only Guillermo Varela coming in to Old Trafford. United have to replace Paul Scholes in midfield, with only Michael Carrick and Shinji Kagawa having to talent to be a United starter. They are also missing quality out wide, with the inexperienced Wilfred Zaha joining the ranks. Wayne Rooney has been the story of the summer, as he wants out. Even if he goes, United have the strength in depth up front to cover for him, although any team would be weaker without the likes of Rooney. Although the playing staff hasn’t changed much, the combination of Sir Alex leaving and opposition strengthening will see United fail to retain their title.
Key Player: Michael Carrick. United’s Player of the Year last season, Carrick re-established himself as a first choice for club and country. His ability to keep the ball (88.1% pass success rate last season) is an invaluable asset for an English player, and his vision helped Van Persie reach his 26 goals.
One to Watch: Phil Jones. Used primarily at Right back or Centre midfield last season, Jones will look to establish himself alongside Nemanja Vidic at his favoured centre half. His versatility may be his downfall, as shown by the recent game against Scotland being the first of his 7 caps where he played at Centre back.