After finishing runners in the Premier league last season to rivals Manchester City, United may have more than a indicate prove this year, after dominating the Premier League since its inauguration in 1992 there is little have hurt a lot more than missing out for their most bitter of rivals.
United had a relatively poor 2011-12 season by their own high standards, finishing with no major honours for the first time since 2006. Carrying out a shock defeat in your own home to Crystal Palace in the Carling Cup quarter finals, the Red Devils succumbed to a 2-1 defeat by Liverpool in the fourth round of the FA Cup and they also failed to reach the knock-out stage of the Champions League and again falling within the last sixteen from the Europa League.
Following a promising begin to last seasons Premier league campaign the Reds is going to be much more disappointed because they seemed to be set to retain their title with only several games remaining, nonetheless they uncharacteristically capitulated with only several games remaining and finally lost in the title race on goal difference to their arch rivals.
After a relatively quiet pre-season in the transfer market Man utd have already signed Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund for any transfer fee thought to be around £12m and Nick Powell from Crewe in a reported £3m deal. United have finally also completed the change in Arsenal captain Robin van Persie, who'll now synergy with Wayne Rooney to create one of the Premier Leagues most formidable forward partnerships.
United will need to cope with the lack of defender Chris Smalling who's prone to miss as much as ten weeks of year as a result of broken metatarsal, however United will be boosted by captain Nemanja Vidic's return from injury, and the news that Darren Fletcher has returned to training following a long absence with health issues.
Several players have remaining Old Trafford come july 1st, including Park Ji-sung that has joined Queens Park Rangers, Tomasz Kuszczak to Brighton on the free transfer, Paul Pogba to Juventus, Fabio Da Silva also to Queens Park Rangers on loan, and Michael Owen who has been released through the club after neglecting to claim a normal place to start within the team.
The key fixtures for this season will certainly be against Manchester City, who they face in the Etihad Stadium on in December and also at Old Trafford at the outset of April, an away game at Arsenal and a home game with Chelsea in their last four fixtures could define United's season because they look to claim their twentieth league title.