In the off-season, many clubs have been making major signings in preparation for the new season.
Most notably Manchester City, who have added Fernandinho, Alvaro Negrado, Stevan Jovetic and Jesus Navas to their squad.
Chelsea have also strengthened, notably with the signings of Andre Schurlle, Marko van Ginkel and Mark Schwarzer. Whereas Manchester United, under new manager David Moyes, have only added unknown right-back Guillermo Varela to their squad.
The fact Chelsea and City have signed players early in the transfer market gives them an advantage over probable title rivals United, the signings can play more pre-season games and have much more time to gel.
In contrast to United who now under a month left to sign players. They have few pre-season games left, and the season starts in just a couple of weeks. On July 6, David Moyes promised major signings, yet here we are almost a month later and no-one has been added to the squad since.
This is concerning, and I think Moyes has already made his first mistake as Manchester United manager, even if he does add new signings now, they will be thrown in at the deep end and will have little time to get to know their new teammates.
A typical Sir Alex Ferguson move was to always add players to his squad during pre-season, whereas David Moyes have failed to do this, he has been in the job for two months and has not added to a squad which in my opinion needs improving. Although United posses a few exceptional players, I don't think Moyes will be able to get as much out of his players as Ferguson was able to.
The season may not have began, but currently Chelsea and City have an advantage over United, and that advantage is that the squads of Chelsea and City have more time to blend, they're more familiar with each other, United need strengthening, and I have no doubt they will add to their squad, but there won't be any practise games for them, they'll need to get down to business immediately. I think the fact David Gill, Sir Alex Ferguson and Paul Scholes no longer are involved at the club could cost them.
One thing is for sure, the fact England's top three clubs have new (or returning in Chelsea's case) managers, is intriguing and this is set to be the most exciting Premier League season in many years.
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