How Manchester United are maintaining their steady progress

By marshie IN Archive,General - 19:50 Sep 4th 2015

Manchester United were a team in transition last season but achieved their aim of making the Champions League, with more achievements expected this season.

They’ve done well in the transfer window, bringing in talent like Bastian Schweinsteiger, Matteo Darmian and Memphis Depay but how have they fared compared to the start of the 2014/15 campaign?

MAN UTD’S FIRST FOUR GAMES 2014 v 2015

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Both of Louis Van Gaal’s first four games as Man United manager have been fairly down the middle, not setting the world alight while not completely dismal.

However, this season has seen the Red Devils pick up an extra win from their start in the 2014/15 campaign, meaning they are now two points better off than they were at the same stage last term.

They’ve also managed to keep one more clean sheet than they did at the start of last season, although the constant in both are 2-1 losses to Swansea, accounting for their only defeats in both opening campaigns.

MAN UTD POINTS IN THE SAME GAMES LAST SEASON

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Overall, Man United are pretty much on par with their results from last season, although the points and wins/draws have come in different fixtures.

Perhaps the biggest difference in these games from last season is the amount of goals that have been scored, with eight netted in the four corresponding fixtures in the 2014/15 campaign.

However, so far this term, they have managed just three goals, including a goalless draw with Newcastle in which they scored three times in last season’s home fixture.

But in terms of defence, an area that needed some reinforcements after last season, they have managed two more clean sheets against the Magpies and Aston Villa, adding to their clean sheet against Spurs in their last two meetings at Old Trafford.

THOUGHTS

In general, Man United are pretty much doing the same as they did at the start of last season, although they do have two extra points from their opening four games.

They have improved their defensive work in both the first fixtures and in the corresponding fixtures, although their offering in front of goals does need improvement.

Overall, a fairly middle of the road start for Van Gaal and his men this term but the return of Champions League football will be sure to excite fans in the coming weeks.

WHAT’S NEXT?

Man United will need to hit the ground running after the international break as they face one of their biggest rivals Liverpool on Saturday 12th September.

Red Devils fans will be happy to know that a home win leads our predictions for this one at 55% while a draw is a 25% possibility.

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