For Manchester United, the season just gone was as important as any in the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson. Wresting the Premier League trophy back from the “noisy neighbours”, re-asserting their dominance domestically, and doing it with a gigantic final points total was vital following the heartbreak of 2011/2012. Robin Van Persie proved himself a fantastic addition to the side, De Gea came into the form that has always been expected of him and Shinji Kagawa provided a midfield impetus badly lacking at times in previous years. Having been so cruelly denied the season before, title #20 was greeted with a mixture of cheering and sighs of relief, as it appeared the Red Devils were not about to be totally eclipsed by a blue moon.
But just as United fans were getting ready to enjoy another trophy celebration, the thunderbolt hit home. Ferguson’s retirement, earned a hundred times over in his decades of success, has come with everything that you would expect: worry over the clubs ability to retain its title, to attract the very top players and keep up with the richer side of Manchester. With the great Scot gone, would Manchester United ever be the same?
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