Manchester United have had another memorable season in the Premier League and are on course to add another title to their ever-growing collection by snatching the trophy back from rivals Manchester City.
Here are five reasons why they will retain their title at the end of the 2013/14 season.
1. They are the reigning champions
Manchester United have been unstoppable this season and have lost only four times all season. It is possible they will even go on to beat the highest points record set by Chelsea in 2005.
The Red Devils have dominated the division and, despite their recent loss to rivals Manchester City, look set to easily become champions with a 12-point lead over their local rivals. There is nothing to suggest that they cannot repeat this in next year's campaign and are likely to have a relatively similar core group of players - and, of course, the same manager.
2. Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson is one of the most well-respected managers of all time and a Manchester United legend. He has been at the club since 1986 and on his way has picked up 12 Premier League titles as well as nine domestic cups and two Champions Leagues.
His record and presence at the club is truly astonishing and it doesn't look like he is going anywhere fast. He dismissed talk of a retirement in January by saying: "I'm hoping to stay on for a bit of time".
With Ferguson at the helm, Manchester United will always be able to compete for the league title.
3. Balance of youth and experience
Manchester United have great depth in their squad. They have managed to find a balance between utilising the experience of the older members of their team, while blooding in youth and giving them first-team action.
There are a number of senior members of the squad such as Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, with the latter being 39 and 38 respectively. They lend their knowledge and experience of the game and the division to the up-and-coming younger players. These include Rafael, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Danny Welbeck, Nick Powell and Tom Cleverley.
Getting this balance right means squad rotation is easier and the young players and older players are fused effectively.
4. Shrewd transfer deals
While Manchester United are hardly known for their excessive spending when compared to other Premier League clubs like Chelsea or Manchester City, they do make some shrewd transfer deals.
They are good at spotting young talent such as Rafael, Fabio and Nick Powell, the former Crewe midfielder. However, they also possess the ability to make big-money moves as shown by their transfers of players like Wayne Rooney for 25.6 million and the recent signing of goal-machine Robin van Persie from rivals Arsenal for £24m.
5. They are likely to strengthen their squad
It is likely there will be some action in regards to transfers in the summer. They have been linked to numerous players such as Alexis Sanchez, Dede, Nemanja Matic, Luka Modric, Kevin Strootman and Cristiano Ronaldo to name just a few.
It is likely there will be some players departing with Nani, Nemanja Vidic and Anderson just some players to be touted for a move away from Old Trafford. Whatever transfers do occur, they will only add to the depth and quality in United's current glittering squad.
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