Despite their disappointing start to the 2014-15 season, Ashley Young still believes Manchester United can win the league title this term.
Having finished seventh last season, the main priority for the Reds is to finish in the top-four this time round, thus regaining their place in the UEFA Champions League. David Moyes paid for his shortcomings back in April, and he has since been succeeded by Louis van Gaal who has endured a difficult start to life in the Old Trafford dugout.
Swansea City caused an upset by beating United in their own back yard on the opening day of the campaign, and this has been followed up with dismal draws at Sunderland and Premier League new-boys Burnley. To make matters worse, the Reds have been dumped out of the League Cup after being thrashed 4-0 at League One side MK Dons.
However, there is still plenty of room for optimism following a spate of impressive new arrivals. Added to the early summer recruits of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, Argentina defender Marcos Rojo and Holland international Daley Blind have also been signed. Yet the biggest story is the addition of Angel di Maria from Real Madrid for a British record £59.6million, whilst Colombian striker Radamel Falcao has joined from Monaco on loan.
Most of these are expected to start for van Gaal’s side when the Premier League campaign resumes on Sunday afternoon with the visit of Queens Park Rangers. This provides United with the opportunity to get that first win of the season, and once that arrives, Young sees no reason why he and his team-mates can’t charge up the table and launch a title tilt.
“People have written us off already but everyone here knows you don’t write off a club like United,” he told Inside United. “People can say what they want but internally we all know exactly what we’re striving to do, what goals we’ve set and what we want to achieve. There is no point panicking after a handful of games. I definitely think things are going to turn for us and I would say to the fans there is nothing to worry about, we’re going to come good.”
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