Manchester United: Five reasons they won't win the title

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Much has been made of the upheaval at Old Trafford this summer, as Sir Alex Ferguson finally decided to call time on an incredible career at Manchester United after delivering their 20th league title, with a little help from Robin van Persie.

In came the heir apparent from Everton, with David Moyes seemingly the chosen one picked out by Sir Alex himself as his successor.

The legendary Scottish manager was always going to be a near-impossible act to follow and his countryman may struggle to live up to expectation this season as a result of the sheer pressure. 

But Manchester United have promised the new man he will get time to forge his own dynasty and he made need it, because the Red Devils won't be winning the title this season. Here's why:

David Moyes has never been in a title fight

While David Moyes consistently over-achieved in his role as Everton boss, guiding them to numerous top-seven finishes during his 11-year stay at Goodison Park, he was never under the pressure he finds himself in now.

His predecessor was renowned for having the nous to outfox the club's title rivals and deliver championships even with seemingly weaker teams, but Moyes has never managed a club's title challenge and it's a big ask for him to deliver in his first campaign as manager.

Lack of invention in midfield

The 0-0 draw with Chelsea was both testament to Jose Mourinho's classic form of defending and United's lack of creative spark.

Only Wayne Rooney looked like providing any sort of impact and he isn't even a natural midfielder, and while new signing Marouane Fellaini is a good addition, he isn't exactly known for his creativity.

Shinji Kagawa would seem to be a viable solution to this problem but for one reason or another he has barely featured this season, prompting his former Borussia Dortmund supporters to launch a #freeShinji campaign on social networking site Twitter.

Sheer strength of rivals

While United floundered in this summer's transfer market, their main rivals for the title Manchester City and Chelsea did their business early and acquired their targets with minimum fuss.

As well as this, Chelsea have the unmistakably high-profile return of Jose Mourinho as an added feather in the cap, a man who knows how to win the Premier League in an impressive way.

City also recognised that last season was a limp and pathetic attempt to retain their title and set about rectifying this by ditching Roberto Mancini and appointing Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini and his brand of exciting attacking football.

Lack of quality in wide areas

One look at the Red Devils' wingers shows that none are good enough for a Premier League title challenge this season.

Ashley Young has looked a shadow of the player he was when he first signed for the club in recent months and has seemingly lost all confidence in taking on a full-back, while Antonio Valencia's technical ability is also not good enough.

The Ecuadorian is a fantastic athlete and has an extraordinary engine but his crossing, dribbling and shooting leave a lot to be desired. 

Nani may have been rewarded with a new five year contract recently but he hasn't looked an effective United player for at least two seasons now and it's a mystery why he was handed such a long-term new deal when a shorter contract may have given him an incentive to improve and earn it.

Wilfried Zaha is a great prospect for the future, but the burden of creating width for the current champions shouldn't fall on his shoulders, as he has a lot to learn before he makes a name for himself at the top table.

Rooney situation distracting

The story of the summer was Chelsea's public interest in signing England striker Wayne Rooney and it's possible that this was a reason behind Manchester United's impotence in the transfer market up until the last day.

There has been talk of a new contract being drawn up for the classy forward, but even that distracts from the actual football being played at Old Trafford and could become an unwanted sideshow to the club's Premier League title defence this season.

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