A season punctuated by too many lows and very few, if any, highs plunged to a new whole on Saturday.
Arrived on Wearside on the back of their three best performances of the season and facing a Sunderland side stuck in the relegation zone, Manchester United reverted to type and produced a performance of such ineptitude that any talk of a top four finish must now surely be taken as a practical joke and nothing more than that.
December tends to be the time when resolutions for the upcoming year are put in place and the events of the last 12 months are often reassessed.
However, Louis Van Gaal and Manchester United are unlikely to dwell for too long on what this year delivered and will in fact want to bid it as swift a farewell as possible.
After 15 matches, Manchester United are currently fourth in the Premier League table and are within touching distance of current leaders Leicester City. Louis van Gaal’s side have endured plenty of criticism for their style of play this season but continue to pick up positive results and are seen as a value option for the title.
With a few signings in January, the Red Devils could get their hands on the top flight trophy for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure. Here are a few players who they should consider moving for next month.
Sunday afternoon sees the first instalment of the Manchester derby this season, as United host City at Old Trafford knowing a win would take them top of the table.
Last season United won the corresponding fixture 4-2, taking a crucial step towards securing a top four finish and securing their first league win at Old Trafford against their local rivals since 2011.
Manchester United and Bulova have teamed up to launch the ultimate cobranded timepiece—the Manchester United Club Watch—as a tribute to the world’s most storied football club.
The modern classic boasts nine design links to Manchester United’s prolific history, expressed as touchstone details on the dial, case and leather strap, and is powered by Bulova’s proprietary UHF high-performance quartz movement.
The transfer window might not officially open for another six days but transfer speculation has been abundant from the moment Manchester United drew 0-0 at Hull on 24 May.
Having spent £150m on players last summer, Louis Van Gaal is widely expected to add to his squad ahead of next season, as he looks to turn United from top four finisher into genuine title contenders.
United are a top priced 1.22 with Coral to beat Sunderland at Old Trafford, and it looks a case of how many they will win by.
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