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Manchester United: Rule them out at your peril

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Manchester United are true champions - and anyone writing them off does so at their own peril.

United's poor start to this season, including defeats at fierce rivals Liverpool and Manchester City as well as a home loss to West Brom, saw many people dismissing the champions chances of winning the league under David Moyes this season.

These defeats saw many people labelling United's squad not good enough to win the league - a squad almost identical to the one which brought home the club's 20th league title last time out.

In fact the Red Devils suffered no big-name losses, and despite missing out on a number of big name transfer targets (namely Cesc Fabregas and Leighton Baines) actually improved their squad from last season by signing Belgium international Marouane Fellaini.

Added to this the club have unearthed another young star, this time coming in the shape of 18-year-old Adnan Januzaj, who scored two goals on his full Premier League debut.

So why the negativity?

Yes, the defeats away to rivals Manchester City and Liverpool cannot be ignored, whilst the club have failed to beat Chelsea, Southampton and West Brom at Old Trafford.

And, of course, the loss of legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson was never going to be an easy one, whilst his replacement David Moyes has never managed a side challenging for the title.

But, in defence of Moyes, the Scotsman did an excellent job at Everton on a limited budget, time and again delivering top half finishes for the Merseyside club and almost delivering the Toffees Champions League football, only to lose 4-2 against Villarreal in the qualifiers.

Anyway, the slow start to a season is not unusual for United by any means. 

The club have registered 20 points from their first 11 matches - the last four times United have won the Premier League they had 27, 23, 21 and 26 points at the same stage.

Okay, this season is the lowest of those totals (by one point), but the Old Trafford outfit find themselves only five points off leaders Arsenal after claiming a 1-0 victory over the north London side last time out.

And when you look at the squad David Moyes has at his disposal, in my opinion anyway, it is still one of the best in the league.

David de Gea has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the league, whilst Anders Lindegaard is a more than capable replacement.

In defence, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra are still undoubtedly world-class players, with an experienced Rio Ferdinand still going and an ever improving Rafael. Not forgetting Phil Jones, who Ferguson said could go on to become the best player in the club's history.

The centre of United's midfield contains in my opinion one of the most underrated players in the league, Michael Carrick. Along with him, there is the brilliant Kagawa, the experienced Giggs and on the flanks new star Januzaj competes for places with Antonio Valencia and the incredibly infuriating but undeniably talented Nani.

Up front, United are blessed with surely the best strike partnership in English football, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie. With Javier Hernandez also ready to score goals whenever called upon, their attack is certainly the strongest part of the team.

Even then, the squad players I haven't mentioned have all been part of title winning sides and know what it takes to win the Premier League.

Whilst Arsenal face some extremely tough fixtures over the next month, United face only Tottenham as a side considered to be top four contenders - meaning the five point game could even be made up by January, which would render the slow start to the season almost meaningless. 

Added to this, United generally kick into a new gear the other side of Christmas, whilst David Moyes has the opportunity to add to his impressive squad in the January transfer window.

I'm not saying Manchester United are shoe-ins to win the Premier League, but anyone who doubts the club will be there or thereabouts could very well find themselves with egg on their face come May.


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