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EPL Team Profile – Manchester United

The formal name of the club is Manchester United Football Club, or Manchester United FC.

They are also commonly referred to as the Red Devils. Founded in 1878 as Newton Heath LYR FC, the squad trains at their Old Trafford home base, with a capacity of nearly 76,000. They are owned by the Glazier family, Joel and Avram Glazer are co – chairs of the squad, and Sir Alex Fergusson is the manager.

Manchester United have won the most league titles, 18, a record they share with Liverpool. Unlike Liverpool, however, who have not won a single Premier League, the Red Devils have won in 11 of 17 Premier League seasons, so far.

In the consecutive season, United have won two of three games played and are currently third in the League table behind Chelsea and Arsenal.

Early Season Preview:

Manchester United would be looking to win the Premier League this season, for more than one reason. Aside from the obvious need to establish themselves as the best team in the squad, the squad knows this could have been Sir Sir Fergusson last year, at the helm. And that a Premier League title could be a perfect separation gift.

In fact, this is Fergie ‘s 25th year, and even after a fourth century in charge, his motivation is intact. As a result of the Community shield, the traditional curtain raiser to the season, United lifted the trophy, by beating Premier League defending champions Chelsea. Was that a teaser trailer of more things to come?

Here is the current line of the Red Devils: Van der Sar, Vidic, O’Shea, Evra, Jonathan Evans, Scholes, Nani, Giggs, Fletcher, Rooney, Berbatov, Kuszczak, Smalling, Owen, Hernandez, Carrick, Valencia and Rafael Da Silva.

Wayne Rooney has returned to the League after a forgetful World Cup, and will be looking to put those memories behind him, in the way he knows best – by scoring goals. Rooney’s form, as ever, will determine how the Old Trafford outfit shapes his Premier League campaign.

Sir Alex’s notable horror is watching little-known players who went on to excel in top flight football. Javier Hernandez, signed this summer, belongs to this breed. Hernandez did well in South Africa, and looks good in his short stint with the Red Devils. Apart from Javier, Fulham defender Chris Smalling is another summer signing sign. Departing from Old Trafford, United have sold Ben Foster.

The Premier League has, in recent years, been a two – horse race between Chelsea and Manchester United. This year, I look forward to a three – dimensional relationship, with Arsenal providing the third side for the triangular competition. From the light of the games played so far, I would put the Red Devils back to a serious challenge to the title.

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