If many pundits and rival fans are to be believed, Manchester United are in for a difficult and testing 2013/14 season. With new manager David Moyes having largely failed to secure a number of his transfer targets during the summer, the club have been repeatedly written off and dismissed as largely inferior to title rivals Manchester City and Chelsea.
This cannot be right though, can it? Could the side who strolled to the title last season and finished eleven points clear of their nearest challengers really have degenerated already into incompetent also-rans who should simply content with preserving their status in the top four?
Not for this writer, no. United did endure a miserable transfer window, that much is certainly true. Moyes was evidently desperate to land that marquee signing that would have asserted his status as a man worthy of succeeding the iconic Sir Alex Ferguson in the Old Trafford dugout.
Unfortunately, that did not happen. But that certainly does not mean to say that United's attempts to win a 21st top-flight title are already over.
Here, GMS lists five reasons why United can retain their top-flight crown...