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Why Manchester United will finish outside the top four

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It has been a different few months for Manchester United.

The greatest manager of them all, Sir Alex Ferguson, left his manager post after 27 years of remarkable successes at Old Trafford.

But there is a new era at one of the biggest clubs in the world.

David Moyes has the biggest shoes to fill in football, and after just a few months in charge, things are not looking too bright for him at the Red Devils.

And for the first time in Premier League history, could United finish outside the top four? 

GMS looks lists what has gone wrong for the champions:

1. The signings 

Every side always looks for major improvements to their squad - even if they are the Premier League Champions. And United have had, quite frankly, a poor summer transfer wise. 

Continued speculation about striker Wayne Rooney's future was the big talk of the summer, but the surprising thing about United was their failed transfer dealings.

Bids for Cesc Fabregas and Leighton Baines were all rejected - something you rarely saw under Ferguson. 

And the fact that they signed Marouane Fellaini for £27.5 million, when they had a bid for him and Baines rejected for just £500k more is poor business from the Champions, and new chief-executive Ed Woodward has come under huge criticism for his part.

Their noisy neighbours Manchester City made mistakes last season by not strengthening their squad, and United are in danger of the same thing happening to them.

2. Other teams look stronger

City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham have all made strong starts to the season. They have each lost less games than United, and City, Liverpool and Chelsea have taken points off Moyes' side.

In the Manchester Derby, City simply tore United and their defence apart. You would expect all of these teams to be fighting for the Champions League places at least, but with United already six points off the top, it could already be a long way back for them.

The consolation for them is they have had a rotten fixture list, but defeats against the likes of West Brom at home is unacceptable for the Champions.

3. The Manager

David Moyes is already finding life hard in the Old Trafford dugout.

He led United out in the Champions League for the first time in his managerial career, but the trouble for him is United expect trophies.

Moyes never won a trophy at Everton, although he did get the Toffees to an FA Cup final, where they lost to Chelsea.

It was always going to be a huge step up for him, and the question is how long will the board give him?

If United fail to win a trophy and fail to qualify for next season's Champions League, you have to think he may be on his way out already.

4. Their lack of depth in the squad

If you go back a few years, people were praising United for the strength of their squad.

Having the likes of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs on the bench gave them a great squad - they probably could have had a 'B' team in the Premier League and still done well. 

Today though, the squad is quite a contrast.

If you look at their reserves - the likes of Anderson, Ashley Young and Bebe - you do worry for a side that used to have the likes of Carlos Tevez, Dimitar Berbatov and Scholes on the bench.

And without Rooney and Robin Van Persie, where do the goals come from?

Javier Hernandez doesn't look the player that signed for them, and could leave the club in January. Danny Welbeck? a goalscorer for England yes, but he only scored twice for United last season.

5. The defence

Remember when United set the new Premier League record for 11 consecutive clean sheets? A distant memory now, with just two clean sheets on the league so far this season. 

Rio Ferdinand looks like he has had his day. At 34 years of age, he looks slower, and forwards get past him far too easy.

Sadly the same seems to be happening to Nemanja Vidic. He can still put in a good shift, but that seems to be happening less and lees, and he seems to look nervous on the ball.

And can their other defenders sort out the problem? Johnny Evans and Chris Smalling have the potential to be a good pairing at the back, but the lack of games between them is a concern, and Moyes must look to spend on new defenders in January.

The season could still be a success for Manchester United, but they need changes and they need them quickly.

They are traditionally slow starters, but after the international break they really need to up their game if they are to at least qualify for the Champions League.

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