The 2014/15 season was one where Louis Van and Manchester United knew they had to get back into the Champions League after a dismal season in 2013/14 saw them finishing in 7th place in the Premier League under David Moyes and who Ryan Giggs, who took charge of the final four games after the sacking of Moyes. Van Gaal was appointed as the new manager of United, though United and their fans had to wait until the end of the World Cup before their new manager would officially start work on returning Manchester United to where they belong.
We saw stalwarts of club Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra all leaving the club last summer and Ryan Giggs finally hanging up his boots and taking up the position of Van Gaal’s assistant manager. We saw six new signings coming into the club, in the shape of Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind, Angel Di Maria and Falcao on loan from Monaco on the final day of the summer transfer window. The only real success story out of all the signings this season, has been Ander Herrera, though he struggled to get into Van Gaal’s starting eleven early in the season despite impressing the fans with his performances. Herrera finally forced his way into the starting eleven and was probably one of the first names on the team-sheet in the final months of the season. Herrera has impressed United fans with his passing ability, he never seems to play a bad pass and has popped up with crucial goals as well. Also he never shirks from any challenge.
After a slow start to season, which saw United suffered defeats to Swansea, Leicester and Manchester City in the first ten games of the season. Leaving them with only thirteen points from those first ten games and closer to the bottom of the league than they were to the top. After the defeat to City, United went on a six game winning run that saw win tough away games at The Emirates and St Mary’s Stadium. This winning run saw them push themselves into contention for that top four finish that was the target at the start of the season. The last game of the six was a 3-0 win over Liverpool at Old Trafford thanks to goals from Rooney, Mata and Van Persie. The win came thanks to a string of fine saves from David De Gea though especially from Raheem Sterling who he stopped from scoring on several occasions in the game.
Manchester United suffered defeat to Swansea on 21st February to leave there position in the Champions League looking precarious with games against Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City to come. This would be a run that would make or break United’s season. United stepped up their game and went on another run of six straight wins, with three of the last four games in that run being a 3-0 win over Tottenham, a 2-1 win at Anfield over Liverpool and a 4-2 home victory over Manchester City. These three games in the were a real highlight of United’s season especially the wins at Anfield and the Derby victory over City after losing the three home games against City.
When United travelled to Anfield they were only a few points ahead of Liverpool in the battle for a place in the top four of the Premier League. United won the game thanks to two fine goals from Juan Mata and to put the icing on the cake for United fans Steven Gerrard saw red minutes after coming on as a substitute at the start of the second half, in his final appearance against United. The real highlight for me of the season was the victory over City, it had been too long since we had beaten City. When I was growing United would regularly beat City and beat them easy. This game was the best feeling I had a football game for a long time. Despite City going in front I always had a feeling that United would win this game but I never expected them to win with so much to spare. United were only behind in the game for six minutes and by the 73rd minute United were 4-1 thanks to goals from Young, Fellaini, Mata and Smalling. The only downside of this game was the injury that Michael Carrick suffered in the closing stages that meant he would miss the rest of the season. Carrick was really missed in the final six games of the season as United only won one out of the remaining six games but this was just enough to secure that Champions League place for next season. Now Louis Van Gaal and the Manchester United board can start work on reshaping the squad for next season.
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