1/ Goals, lots of them. United now boast a trio of supreme goalscorers in Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Radamel Falcao. Between them they have scored hundreds of goals. Add into the mix goals from elsewhere and it all adds up to a team that will be hard to stop. Angel Di Maria and Juan Mata will create and score plenty between them too, making United’s attack the most frightening in the league. They may find though that attack will have to be the best form of defence.
2/ Confident Leadership is something that didn’t exist during the David Moyes era. He repeatedly missed out on his key targets with players like Cesc Fabregas turning him down, resulting in him paying over the odds for a familiar player in Fellaini. New manager Louis Van Gaal started slowly, but eventually picked up not one, but two marquee signings. The Dutchman’s reputation has played a massive part in his summer window successes and it’s clear that he is now calling the shots.
3/ Tom Cleverley is no longer the new Paul Scholes.
4/ Old Trafford can become a fortress again. If LVG can put together a team that is as fearful on grass as it is on paper, then Old Trafford will be a place teams are petrified of playing at once again. He must bring back the fear factor if United are to bounce back.
5/ A season out of Europe may be exactly what United need to revitalize themselves. Liverpool had an excellent season without the distraction of European football for the first time in years and the same thing could work for the Red Devils. However, another season out of Europe, with the money they’ve already spent could prove disastrous financially.