Manchester United have ruled the Premier League. Their twenty titles are testimony to that, and while there have been slight bumps every now and then, their reign has been pretty consistent.
In the past decade, only Chelsea have been worthy opponents, as the two heavyweights won eight championships between them.
However, Chelsea had too many stains to match United's glitter. Their over spending tactics for buying players, lack of home-grown talent, constant managerial changes, all fuelled by an over-demanding Russian billionaire have been heavily criticised.
But the tables have turned, now. Or so it seems.
Chelsea now have a manager the owner respects, and is tactically sound to lead them for years to come. They have a young squad that can dominate Europe, and they have a very sound financial model that would ensure they buy as they sell, and comfortably at that.
Manchester United on the other hand, have their second manager in less than two years. They have a lot of cash from their new Sponsorship deals, and a broken squad.
The debate about David Moyes' managerial skills could go on, but it is certain he was no dud. The veteran had enough Premier League experience with Everton to perform credibly with Manchester United. But the team just could not adapt to that.
Moyes harshly treated
The United vs Chelsea game last season, at Old Trafford was supposed to be a preview for a new rivalry to rise: Moyes' Reds vs Mou's Blues. The match ended a boring draw, and Chelsea were criticized for their defensive tactics, and Moyes seemingly won Round One.
Come Stamford Bridge, and Mourinho unleashed his masterclass. Chelsea humbled United 3-1, but it was the pure domination that shook the Red Devils' belief.
Manchester United now look to Louis van Gaal to build them a team that can dominate the years to come, that can fight at the top of the Premier League; much like Chelsea did with Mourinho, interestingly once Van Gaal's assistant.
Inflated signings of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, at fat pay packages, is symbolic of the changing tides. Chelsea are now selling its surplus deemed players for way-too-much, while Manchester United have signed a youngster who is a childhood Chelsea fan and a player CFC did not sell to direct rivals.
Chelsea, lived through plenty of managerial changes, even halfway through the season, and even went on to win the Champions League that very season. Whether it was just luck, or performance, is a debate for another time.
The Blues have been fighting at the top Level throughout, unfazed by the changes in the background.
Lasting Chelsea quality
In the past decade, Chelsea have lived under nine managers, and yet managed to win three Premier League titles, two European Championships, and four FA Cups. Manchester United in their first season with a new manager, crumbled to seventh in the table and went out of Europe.
While this may seem as a Manchester United bashing post of a Chelsea supporter, it is more of a realisation of a major strength overlooked. Chelsea have been called rich, over-spending, but never consistent. Never has the integrity of the Club been highlighted, acclaimed.
The stars of Chelsea have worked under different managers, played different roles, worked on different tactics, and yet have been at their A game, and been in the European elite.
Money bought Chelsea the players, money got them them managers, and helped them fire them as well; but the Club gave the passion and the fuel for the players to continue, for the Blues to fight on - without a manager sometime - and effectively without a striker quite often recently.
Van Gaal will succeed most likely. Their new star signings should be good enough to build a strong squad, and the Manchester United war chest would not be much deflated once the transfer season ends, given their new deals, but the club logo has lost some glitter.
The Red Devils are no longer the Kings of the Premier League.
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