There's no doubt that David Moyes has struggled in his first season in charge. Manchester United are on the verge of finishing the season outside the top four for the first time since 1991. Champions League football also looks a distant probability for next season.
Despite having more negatives than positives this season, here are five positive things for Manchester United this season:
David De Gea - The first thing is the consistency of David De Gea this season. The Spanish shotstopper has been a revelation and has saved his side on more than one occasion during a disappointing campaign.
De Gea has had to play in front of a defence that is constantly rotated due to injuries and despite that he has always been reliable when called upon. Not long ago, De Gea was targeted with crosses and during this season there has only been one mistake from the Spaniard, which led to a goal against Sunderland in the Capital One Cup semi-final.
Despite that, Manchester United's number one has arguably been the Red Devils' best player this season and his nomination for the player of the year award for his club is only reward for his fine form.
He has had moments to remember, a world-class save at Sunderland to inspire his side to come from 1-0 down to win, a sensational double-save against Olympiakos that could have actually knocked his side out of the Champions League and now due to an injury to Victor Valdes, De Gea could be going to the World Cup with Spain. Well deserved.
Adnan Januzaj - The emergence of youngster Adnan Januzaj. The Belgian-born winger arrived on the scene as soon as David Moyes arrived at the club, taking part in pre-season with the senior squad and he has now been ever-present in the United squad this season. Januzaj has racked up 24 appearances in the Premier League at such a tender age, scoring four goals and notching up three assists.
His emergence hasn't gone unnoticed, with plenty of countries chasing his name to play for them, as Januzaj is eligible to play for Belgium, Turkey, Serbia, Albania, Kosovo and possibly England in the future. At only 19 years of age, Januzaj has shown leadership, confidence and real glimpses of quality. The future is bright for the Adnan Januzaj.
Juan Mata - The club-record signing of Juan Mata can only be looked at as a positive sign for this season. Mata arrived from rivals Chelsea and the signing came as a surprise to many as the playmaker was Chelsea's best player for two seasons in a row.
He won the player of the year award in his first and second year before being frozen out for the third season. The arrival of Mata has brought some much needed quality to Manchester United, something United have lacked in the final third.
Mata comes across well on and off the pitch and despite a slow start, his performances behind the striker in the number ten role, have been nothing short of fantastic. The Spaniard is slowly settling in but there is no doubt that a player of Mata's class will be a success at Manchester United.
New contracts - In a season that has seen United occupy themselves a lot lower in the table than usual, players have still shown commitment to the club and their new manager, David Moyes. Whilst it can be claimed that certain players have penned their future at Old Trafford for money, the players that have signed on have been impressive. David Moyes has managed to secure the services of Wayne Rooney and Adnan Januzaj, who both have been good this season. Rooney has looked his old self, scoring goals and making major contributions to the team. Winger Nani also signed a new deal but has struggled to make an impression due to injuries.
Away form - The final positive for Manchester United is their form away from Old Trafford. United have got the most away wins, with their ten victories helping them to 33 points, ahead of title-contenders, Liverpool. The home form has been a massive cause for concern but if they manage to match their away form at home then The Reds could be title contenders again. Having only lost at Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Stoke City, the results away can be a stepping stone to try and secure a lot more positive results at Old Trafford.
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