Rewind 12 months.
Manchester United’s playing and coaching staff looked very different to what it does now in much the same fashion as Moyes’ did after succeeding Sir Alex.
When you put a couple of pictures together it shows just how much the club has changed as a whole.
— Scott Anderson (@RiseElectric) November 26, 2014
David Moyes and Manchester-born Danny Welbeck, 12 months on that became world renowned manager Louis van Gaal and Radamel Falcao. Add that to Angel Di Maria and the other four signings the club made and a completely new United has taken shape.
After having to deal with such issues so rarely whilst Sir Alex Ferguson ticked off the years, it’s been an odd few months for any fan. That’s not including the £70m splashed out previously on Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata.
When Di Maria assisted the winning goal for Falcao against Everton, it was a combination that no supporter inside Old Trafford ever imagined they’d see. Last year, Young, Welbeck, Buttner and Cleverley were regular fixtures in United’s team, that’s not the case any more. Despite injuries, the squad looks much stronger on paper.
Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw also joined whilst Van Gaal and his coaching staff replaced Moyes, Round, Lumsden and Woods. That’s not taking into account the retirement of Ryan Giggs who became assistant manager to Van Gaal in the summer.
Despite the changes, United supporters still aren’t back to the peaks they got used to under Ferguson. Injuries have taken their toll but the team sit inside the top four and are starting to hit a little bit of form going into a busy Christmas period.