How Manchester United turned this season into a landslide

07 April 2013 06:00
1. United's focus From the moment Sir Alex Ferguson and his squad touched down in Durban last July on the start of a pre-season tour of South Africa, United’s ambitions were clear. “Priority No 1 is to win the title back,” Ferguson insisted, a point reinforced by his players throughout pre-season. Repeated success had perhaps softened United’s edge, but from the outset, Ferguson has used the disappointment of last season as fuel. In contrast, Roberto Mancini has bemoaned the failure of some of his Manchester City players to use last season as a platform to greater things – the inference being that too many have allowed themselves to coast. 2. City's injuries In a survey carried out by the sports injury website at the end of last season, it emerged that City’s title success was built on a foundation of supreme fitness. While Manchester United squad were found to have lost a combined total of 1,681 days to injury, City lost just 186 days. But this season City’s luck ran out. Sergio Aguero has lost two months of the season to injury, Vincent Kompany has missed nine Premier League games with repeated calf problems, and Micah Richards has played just four games all season. 3. Vidic and Ferdinand

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