Manchester United: The secret behind their success

Manchester United opinion: The Red Devils have racked up the trophies in recent decades - but what makes them so good?

Jack Dickety
Published 04/30/2013 11:24 by Jack Dickety, read by 1,757 people.

With so much success throughout their recent history we have to ask the question: what makes Manchester United so good?

I thought I’d have a look into just why they have been Britain’s most successful team.

The manager

Sir Alex Ferguson is arguably one of the best managers ever to grace the game of football. The longest-serving manager in English football may have an incredible budget to play with, but he still only buys the best.

Ranging from a bargain £24m for Robin van Persie, to an unbelievable £12.24m for one of the world’s best players: Cristiano Ronaldo.

It is not just his bargaining skills and good eye that have made Manchester United the club they are today, however; his man management skills and pure ability to turn a game on its head are just a few reasons for their success.

With his inspirational words as well as his relationship with his players that makes them never want to let him down, we see what makes him such a brilliant manager.

It will be very interesting to see where Manchester United will be in a few years when Ferguson finally announces his retirement.

A natural goalscorer

Something that has featured in every single one of Manchester United’s teams over the past 20 years is an out-and-out goalscorer. Whether it be Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Teddy Sheringham - the list goes on and on.

In fact, just once since the turn of the millennium has at least one striker failed to score at least 20 goals.

In order to win football games and silverware you have to score goals - that’s the nature of football. Year after year Manchester United have found themselves a natural goalscorer which allows them to really compete with the best.

A playmaker

Whilst the majority of strikers that feature in United’s teams have their moments of brilliance, they can’t do it all on their own.

Many have said that this is what’s been missing from the Red Devils' most recent teams, with legends such as David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo moving on, as well as Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs’ ages starting to catch up with them.

This year, however, up stepped Michael Carrick. The former Spurs midfielder has really come out of his shell this year and, with an arguably average midfield this year, it can be said that his passing skills and ability to play under pressure is a massive reason why Manchester United have run away with the title this year.

A consistent goalkeeper

Ranging from Edwin van der Sar to Fabien Barthez, United have always had a long-term, consistent keeper since the start of the Premier League.

Peter Schmeichel and Tim Howard are two that can be added to this list and are both considered as two of the best keepers the Premier League has seen. The former, in particular, is widely regarded as the best keeper ever to play in the Premier League - and his seven years at the club can be seen as United’s most successful years. This is no coincidence.

All of the 'keepers mentioned have been essential to the success of their team, with infamous saves and commitment to the cause.

Whilst we have seen some United teams look disappointing on paper, they have had at least three of these four key figures every season. This is the reason they have the history they do - and why they have no intention of stopping now.


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