Season review and ratings 2014/15

Louis van Gaal

“Success,” claimed Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney – an assessment is already a debate among United’s legion support. After all, the key performance metric has been achieved: United will qualify for the Champions League, bar for any slip in a mid-August play-off against what is likely to be a tough opponent. Yet, Louis van Gaal’s side […]

Season review and ratings 2013/14

Ryan Giggs

There is a risk in analysing this most disappointing season that supporters become trapped in the accusation of infantile complaint. After all, Manchester United’s fans have enjoyed two decades of almost unbroken success. Now is not the time to become churlish. That success was enjoyed until Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, the Glazer family’s parsimony and David […]

Season review and ratings 2012/13

Robin van Persie

What to make of a season that ended with the Premier League trophy being returned to its frequent resting place at Old Trafford? Certainly, regaining English pre-eminence is success by any measure. Yet, while the drama of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement masks everything in the narrative of the campaign, premature defeat in three cup competitions, especially […]

Season review and ratings 2011/12

United fan

Barely 12 months on from the glory of a 19th league triumph the season has ended in disappointment on five fronts: beaten by Manchester City in the Premier League, knocked out of two European competitions at a premature stage, and defeated early in the domestic cup competitions too. Trophyless for the first time since 2005, […]

Season review and ratings 2010/11

In this most unpredictable of seasons Manchester United’s final game played both to form and quality. Barcelona’s superiority, especially in the centre of the park, was hardly surprising given United’s failure to upgrade central midfield last summer. Indeed, the Reds progression to Premier League champions, by a substantial margin to boot, and the Champions League […]

Season review and ratings 2009/10

Wayne Rooney

Manchester United’s season closed with a win over to Stoke City yesterday afternoon; the bittersweet taste of success tempered by the title heading to London after more than 1000 days in Manchester. If the season’s outcome was somewhat inevitable after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo then at least the side’s shortcomings are clear. Remedy is […]